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A C T I. S C E N E I. 

A Street .in Rqme. 
Enter Flxviu^ ManiUus, and etrtam Comnetun,^ 

F L A V I u I. 

aENCEi home, you idle creadira, get 
^ you home} 

I Is this a holiday P what I know you nof^ 
^J Bcii^ mechanical, you ought not walk 
tin Upon a hbourinfl day, wirhoot the figil. 
Of yourntrfeffion r fpcak, what trade art thou f * 
Car. Why, Sir, a carpenter. 
Mar. Where is thy leather apron, end thy ndet 
What Ajft thou with thy beft apparel on ? 
Too, Sir, — — What trade are you ? 

Cok. Truly, Sir, in refpcft m a fine workman, .1 
am but, as yoa wtnld Tay, a a)bler. 

ASar. But what trade art thoafanfwer me (fircftty. 
Cob. A trade. Sir, that, I hope, I may ufe widi 
a tafe caofcioKe i which is, indeed, Sir, a mender 
of tnd foals. 

B 2 Knr, 


Flav. What trade, thou knave? thou naughty 
knave, what trade ? 

Ccb. Na^9 I befeech you. Sir, be not out with 
me : yet if you be out^ Sir, I can mend you. 

'Fho. What mean'ft thou by that ? mend me, thou 
£iucy fellow ? 
"Cob. Why, Sir, cobble you. 
Flao. Thou art a cobler, art thou ? 
C^^.. Truly, Sir, all, that I live by, b the awl: I 
meddle with no traddmen*s matters, nor woman^s 
matters ; but with-all, I am, indeed. Sir, a furgeoa 
to old (hoes \ when they are in great danger, I re- 
cover them. As proper men as ever trod upon ncata-* 
leather have gone upon my hand j- work. 

FUtv. But wherefore are not in thy fhop to day ? 
Why doft thou lead thefe men about the ftreets ? 

Cob. *• Truly, Sir, to wear out their (hoes, to get 
" myfetf into more work/* But, indeed. Sir, wc 
make holiday to (ee C^far^ and to rejoice in his 

Mar. Wherefore rejoice ! ^^ what conqueft brings 
he home? 
What tributaries follow him to Rome^ 
To grace in captive bonds his chariot-wheels ? . 
You blocks, you (lones, you worle than fenfeleis things! 
O you hard hearts ! you cruel men of Rome I 
iCnew you not Pompg f many a time and oft 
Have you climb'd up to walls and battlements. 
To Towers and windows, yea, to chimney tops,. 
Your infants in your arms \ and there have fate 
The live-long day with patient expedation. 
To lee great Pomptf pais the (Iro^cs of Rome^ : 
*Ahd when you faw his chariot but appear. 
Have you. not made an univerfal (hour, 
Thit Tyber trembled underneath his banks 
To hear the replication of vour founds. 
Made in hfs concave (horcs ? 


Julius C^sAK* g 

And do you now put on your bed attire ? 
Aod do you now cull out an holiday ? 
And do you now drew flowers in his way^ 
That comes in triumph over Pompey*$ blood ? 
Be gone— - 

Run to your houies, fall upon your knees. 
Pray to the Gods, to intermit the plague. 
That needs muft light on this ingratitude. 

Flav Go, go, good countrymen, and for that fault 
Aflemble all the poor men of your fort ; 
Draw them to 7yier*s bank, and weep your tears 
Into the diannel, 'till the low^ft ftream 
Do kiis the moft exalted fliores of all. 

See, whe're their baleft metde be not mov'd ^ 
They vanifh tongue*ty'd in their guilcinefi. 
Go you down that way towards the Capitol, 
This way will I j difrobe the images. 
If you do find them * deck'd witii ceremofHe3« 

Mar. Magr we do fo ? 
You know ir is the feail of LupercaL 

FUpo. It is no matter, let no images 
Be bung with Cafar^^ trophies ; Til aboiit» 
And drive away the vulgar from the ftreets : 
So do you too, where you perceive them chick. 
Thcfe growinjg feathers,, pluckt from Cr/^s wXPg^ 
Will make him fly an ordinary pitch; 
Who elfe would ' foar above the view of mcn^ 
And keep us all in iinrviie feariulne(s. [Exeimtfevmilly. 

* — decked tviib arimMtis.'} Cenaonses, for reKgioas orna- 
nents. Thus afccrwar<U he explains them by C^Jars tnfiUs i 
i. e. foch as he had dedicated to (he Gods. 

1 J oar alwve ihewi*w ofmen^ Pater cuius (ays of this 

C^g/oTi animofuper bumanam & naturam ^ fidrm e^oeSus^ which 
Is finely expreifed, if we anderitand it to fignily ihat bt mf^ii^ul to 
u pfwer that moai entrary to the rights of natnrOp and- to tbo 
duty 4i9d good faith hi owtd his country. 

Vol.. Vli B3 SCENE 

6 JuliusCjesar* 


Enter Cacfar, Antony, for the C(mrfe^ Calphurnia, 
Portia, Decius, Cicero, Brutus, Caflius, Cafca, a 

Qef Calpburniaj^'-'''^ 

Cafe. Peace, ho ! Cafar fpeaks. 

Cef Calphurnia^' ■■ 

Calp. Here, my Jord. 

C</I Stand you dire6tly in ytntonius^ way. 
When he doth run his Courfe— ^-*yf«/tf»^, 

Ant. Cafar^ my lord. 

Caf Forget fiot in your fpeed, Antonius^ 
To touch Calpburmn *, for our Elders lay. 
The barren, touched in this holy chafe. 
Shake off their fteril curfc. 

Ani. I (hall remember. 
When Crfetr fays, do this ; it is performed. 

Caf. Set on, and leave no ceremony our. 

Sooth CafaTy 

C£f Ha! who calls ? 

Cafe Bid every noife be ftill: peace yet agiiiu J. 

Caf Who is it in the Prefs, that calls on nfie? 
I hear a tongue, fliriller than ail the muBck, 
Oy, Calar. Speak ; Cafar is turn*d to hear. 

Sooth. Beware the Ides of March. 

Caf What nmn is that ? 

Jlrar. A ibdchlayer bids you beware die Idet of 

Cjf. Set him before me, lc!t me iee his face. 

Caf FeH^w, come from the throng, look upon Cafar^ 

Caf What lay 'ft thou to me now ? fpeak once again. 

Sooth. Beware the ides of March. 

Caf He is a dreamer, let us leave him ; pais« 

[ Exeunt Cxfar and Train. 


j JfJLIUl CjtSAR. ^ 


Mtment Brutus ami Caflios. 

_ •• • 

Qrf. Will yott go fee the order of the Cburfe? [ 

Bru. Nocf. 

Caf. I pray you» da 

Bru. I am DOC gamelbm i I do lack fomt purt 
Of that quick fpirit that is in AHtagy: 
Let me oot hmder, Qffius^ your dc^ro ; 

Ci^ ^hKMtf^ I do ob&TM yoo oo«r of fatci 
I have not ft<»& ydur eyes that gefttleoefi^ 

And flmr of Jowt, aal was ipont to ham 
You bear too flubbofii aod tioo ftrange a haod 
Over your friend that k>va you. 

Bru. Ofgms^ y 

Be not decetv^d: if I have veil'd my look, 
I tarn die troubk of my countenance 
Meerly upoomfiUf. Vemd I anu 
Of late, with Daflkms of ibme dtflferenoct 
Conoepdons only proper to myfelf ; • 
Whin gt¥r.fome foil, perhaps, to mv behavipor; j 
But let oot therefixe my good friends be grier'd, \. 
Among which number, Cuffims^ be you onei 
Nor amfloie any &rtber my negkft. 
Than that poor Bruins^ with himi^f at war. 
Forgets the Ihews of love to other men. 

Otf. Then, Brutus^ I have much miftoc^ fsiit 
By meant wfaoeof, this breaft of mine hath bariaji 
ThoQ^ita^f mat value, worthy cogicacjoos* 
Tell me, good Bmius, can you fee your fiicef 

Bru. No, Caffius i for the eye fees not itfelf^ 
But by reflesdoo from fome other things* 

B4 Co/: 

8 Julius Cjbsar. 

^ ' Caf. Tisjuft. 

And ic is very much lamented, Brutus^ 
That you have no fuch mirrors* as wiU turn 
Your hidden worthinels into your eye. 
That you might fee your (hadow. I have heard* 
Where many of the beft relpeft in Rome% 
(Except immortal Otfar) fpeaking of Brutus^ 
And groaning underneath this age's yoak* 
Have wilhM, that noble Brutus had his eyes. 

Bru. Into what dangers would you lead me» Cafius^ 
That you would have me (eek into myfelf. 
For that which is not in o^e f 

Ctf/ Therefore, good Brutus ^ be prepar'd to hear; 
And finoe you know, you canoot fee yourfelf 
So well AS by reflexion i I, your glais. 
Will modcftly difcoycr to yourfelf ^ » 

That of yourfelf, which yet you know oot of. 
And be not jealous of me, ^fiikle Bruius : 
Were I a common laugher, or did ufe -* ^ 

To ftalewith ordinary paths. my .love 
To every new proteftoc r if you know^ ? 

That I do fawn on men, and hug them hard, ^ 
Aod after icahdal them ; or if you know, 
Tha( I profefs myfelf in banqueting 
To all th^ rout, then hold me dangerous. 

lflatm!fl> andfiM. 
Bru. What means this fhouting? I do fear, tte 
Chufe Cajar for their King, 
Caf. Ay, do you fear it ? 
Then muft I think, you would not have it fb. ;^ 
Bru. I would nor, Caffiusi ytt I love him well: ' 
But wherefore do you hold me here fo long? 
What is it, that you would impart to me? 
Jf it be aught toward the general ^ood, 
» S«t honour in one eye, aqd Death I'th* othei". 


Julius CiESAX. 9 

* And I will look on Death indificrently : ., 

For, tec the Gods fo fpeed me^ as I love r 

The name of Honour, more than I fear Death*. 
Caf. I know that virtue to be in you, Brutus^ 
As wdl as I do know your outward favour. 
Wdl, Honour is the fubjcft of my ftory :-— 
I cannot tell^ what you and other men 
Think of this life ; but for my fingle ielf^ 

1 had as lief not be, as live to be 
j. Is awe of fuch a thing as I mylelf. 

1 was borii free as C^r, fo were you ^ v 

We both have fed as well ; and we can both 

Endure the winter's cold, as well as he, 

*• ' For once upon a raw and gufty day, 
.^ The troubled T^^^r chafing with his ihores, 

a And Im»ll'h9k mt both ind^irenfly\] This is a contradic- 
ikn 10 the liaa iiamediamix fucoeedlng. If he Md honour^ 
mtrt than be^r'd deasb^^ how could thcy bc boch indtfiercnc to 
kim ? Hoaoar thas u but in e(][ual balance to death » which is not 
^dkiiig at all like Bruins: for, in a foldier of any ordinary pre- 
mioost boBOiir flioald always prefonderati. We mufl certainl jr 

Jmd I wO l9$k $n death inJUf€riwt}f. 

Wbu oecafioa*d the corrupijoD* I prefnae, wa^y the timnfcribcrs 
inaginiiigt the adverb iMdiffttinity moil be applied to two things 

£iV. Bot the afe of the word does not demand it ; nor does 
htj^ar always apply it fo. In the prefent paflage ic fignifies 
wtgUBU^^ wilhOttt/rar» otimtarm: AndfoCafcazSttrwruii^ 
igUB in this u&, employs it. 

jtiid dangers art t9 mi indifFercfBt. 
I we^h them not ; nor am deterrM on theTcore of Danger. 

' 3 f9r-99Ui mf^n a raw and gujfy day^ &c.] This was the eom« 
son exerctfe ox fiich of ^tRornoM nobility as delighted in the ufe 
of arms. Therefore Horacij fpeaking of one enervated by lo9te» 
6ys» Cur timitftavum Tiberim tangere ! 

Oa which UtrmanMus Figulus makes this comment — Natan. 
Nasn Romae frima adolifcemtiminminis^ fr4tHr CiHirat gymnafii- 
ins dsfc^inas^ Hiam natare difahant^ ut ad hiUi rnnnera fir^ 
mivet afii9riffni •Jfent. And he pats us in mind, from ^mt^- 
MsnSf how expert a fwimmer Julius Cajar was. 

:|o Julius C^sar* 


C^far fays to me, dar*ft thou, CaffiuSy now • 
Leap in with me into this angry flood, 
*• And fwim to yonder point ? — Upon the word, 
^ Accoutred as I was, 1 plunged in, 
** And bid him follow ; (b, indeed, he <}id. 
♦« The torrent roar*d, and we did buflFet ic 
** With lufty finews ; throwing it afide, 
** And ftemmins it with hearts of controverHe. 
•* But ere we coiud arrive the point proposed,*' 
C^efar cry'd. Help me, Cqffius^ or I finlc. 
I, 7&MneaSy our great Anceftor, 
Did from the flames of Trtrf upon his fhoulder 
The old Ancbifes bear, fo, from the wiaves of Tyber 
Did I the tired C^far : and this man 
Is now become ^ God \ and Caffius is 
A wretched creature, and mud bend his body. 
If Cdfar carelefly but nod on him. 
He had a fever when he was in Spam^ 

* And when the fit was on him, I did mark 
How he did fhake : 'tis true, this Gfod did fhake i 
^ His coward. lips did from their colour fly. 
And that fame eye, whofe Bend doth awe the worU^ 
Did lofe io luftre; I did hear him gfoah : 
Ay, and that tongue of his, that bade the RomaHs 
Mark him, and write his fpeeches in their books, 
Alas! it cry*d — give me fome drink, Tttinius ^— -r 

. As 1^ fick girl. Ye Gods, it doth amaze me, 
A man of fuch a feeble temper Ihould . * 

*^ So ^ get the ftart of the majeftick world, 

«« And 

4 His cownrd Ups did from thiir colour fiy J A plain »i^i 
woaUi bave faid, the fUur fod ffm l^$ Mfs^ mod not Jut Ufs 
from their cckur. But the fiilfe expreffion was ibr the fake of ^s 
ifalfe a piecoof wit: a poor qttibUe» alkdtpg to a coward flying 
from Us ooloais. 

5 — g^* thifi^ri tf th€ majefiiek nnnrld^ te.] This image Jt 
extremely noble-: it is taken ixom the Olympic games* n^ mm- 
jefiic world is a Sam ^iphiafit for ihe JEmmmt $mfir4 : their 


Julius Cjbsar. ii 

•« And bear the Palm aIonc/» iShtU. Flomfi 

Bnu Another gicncral Ihout ! 

f dobeliere, that thefe applaufes are 

For ibme new honours that are heaped on Cefar. 
Caf. ^ Why» niao» he dodi beftride the narrow 

Jjke^&bffksi and wepettjroen 
Walk under hu hu^ legs, and peep about 
To find ourfelvci diflionouiable graves. 
Men at Sometimes are maAers of their fiitei : 
The fiuilt, dear Brutus^ is not in our ftut^ 
But in ourfelves, that we are underling^. 
Bruius and Cefar ! what fliould be in that Oefar? 
Whj ihoold that name be (bunded^ more than yours f 
Wnte them together ; yours is as fair a name : 
Sound thetiu it doth become the mouth as well;. 1 
Weigh them, it is as heavy ; conjure with 'em, 
Brutus vill (tart a ibirit, as fbon as defar. 
Now in the names of al I the Gods at once, 
Ujpon what meat does this our Oefar feed. 
That he is grown lb great? Age, thou art (ham*di 
jRmv, thou haft loft the breed d[ noble bloods. 
When went there by an age, fince the great flood. 
But it was fon'd with more than with one man p 
Whoi could they lay, till now, that talked ofRome^ 
Tiiat her wide walls ineompafsM but one man ? 

Now IS it SMUy indeed \ and room fflough. 

When diere is in it but one only man. 

Oh ! you and I have heard our fathers (ay, 

Thm was a Bruius once, that would have brookM 

Th* eternal devil to keep his ftate in Rmiit 

As cafily as a King. 

ddaens fee themfelvw on a footing wadi Khfgtt aw) they oaHed 
tkdr doniaion OrHs P^manus. fiat the partacaJai aUufion fcemt 
to be 40 the known ftory of C^far^t great pattern MixamUr^ 
who being asked, whecfaer he would run the coniic at the Oj^jbi- 



Bru. That you do love me, I am nothing jealous i 
What you would work me to, I have feme aim ^ 
How I have thought of this, and of thcfe times, 
I fliall recount hereafter: for this prefent, ^ 

I would not (fo witl^ kve I might in treat you) . 
Be any further mov*d. Whac you have iaid^ 
I will confider ^ what you have to fay, 
I will with patience hear; and find a time 
Both meet to hear, and anfwer fuch high things. 
•Till then, my noble friend, chew upon this ^ 
Brtaus had rather be a villager. 
Than to rdpute himfdf a fon of Rome 
Under (uch hard conditions, as diis time 
Is like to lay upon us. ' 

Caf. I am glad that my weak words 
Have (truck but thus much (hew of fire from Bruiiu. 


Enter C^far and bis Train. 


Bru. The Games are done, and Cejar is returning. 

Caf. As they pa(s by, pluck Cafca by the fleeve, ^ 
And he will, after his ibur ialhion tdl you, 
What hath proceeded worthy note to day. 

Bru. I will do fb ; but look you, CaffiuSy — <^ 
The angry fpot doth gtow on Cafar^% brow. 
And all the red look like a chidden train. 
Calpbumia^s cheek is pale s and Gcerp - < 

Looks with fuch ferrer, and fuch fiery eyes^ 
As we have feen him in the Capitol, 
Being croft in conference by ibme Senators. 

Caf. Cafca will tell us what the matter is. 

C^f Anttmusj^^'^ 

Ant. Cefar? 

Caf. " Let me have men, about me that are fat, * 
«^ Slcck-hc^ded inen> and fuch as flcep a-nights : 

** Yonil 

Julius CjEs a r* 13 

** Yond Cs^j has a lean and hungry Iqofc^ 
^ He thinks too much ^ fuch men are dangerous. 
' jiHi.^ Fear him not, C^farj he's not dangerous ; 
He is a noble. Romany and well given. » . 
C^ef. * 'Would he were fatter ; but I fear hito not : 
Ytt if my name were liable to fear, 
I do not know the man I (hould .avoids 
So foon as that fpare Cqffius. He reads much i 
He is a great oblerver ; and he looks • 
Quire through the deeds of men. He loves no play S, 
As thou' dolt, Jntmtfs he hears no mufick ; 
Seldom he fmihrs ; and fmiles in fuch a fort. 
As if he mock'd himfelf, and fcorn'd his fpiritt . 
That could be mov'd to fmile at any thing. 
Such men as he be never at heart's eale. 
Whim they behold a greater than themielves v 
And therefore are they very dangerous. 
I rather tell thee what is to be fear'd. 
Than what I fear ; for always I am Qefar. 
Coflde on my right hand, for this ear is deaf. 
And tell me truly, what thou think'ft of him« 

[ExeutU Gsefar oftdbis Trmn^ 

S C E N E V. 


Mancnt Brutus and Cafllus : Cafca, u> them; 

Csfca, You puli'd me by the cloak i would yoa 

ijpeak with me P 
Bm. Ay, Cafia^ tell us what hath chancM to day. 
That Qfjar looks ib fad. 
Cafca. Why, you were with him, were you not? 
Btm. I (hould not then ask Cd/ca what had chanc'd. 

6 *W9uU hi Wire fatter i^^'^'\ Johnftm^ in V\%Bmrtht>lom€vol^ 
/#i>9 onjttill^ ihecn at this pffiHige, in Knackham*^ fpeech to the 
Pig- woman. Om^, there* s no maliee tm fat fiUs l Ine'oer/e^tr 
thee, dni 1 can^fca}e thy lean m^en-calf there, 


' ' . Cafca. 


Cajca. Why, there was a crown ofierM him ; and 
being oflcr^d him, he put it by with the back of h^ 
hand thus, and then tne people fell a flxxitii^, 

Bru. What was the fecond noife for ? 

Cafca. Whv, for that too. 

Caf. They Inouted thrice : what was the laft cry for ? 

Cafca. Why, for that too. 

£ru. Was the crown ofier'd him thrice ? 

Cafca. Ay, marry, was't, and he put it by thrice, 
wtry time gentler than other ; and at every putting 
by, mine koneft neighbours fhouted. 

Caf Who offered nim the crown i 

C^a. Why, Am<niy. 

Bru. Tell us the manner of it, gentle (2i/£^tf. 

Cafca. I can as well be hang^d^ as teU the manner 
of it : it was metr foolery^ 1 did.not mark it* I fiiw 
Mark AutoMj^-ctkr him a crown ; yet *t was not acrown 
neither, 'twas one of thefe coronets i and, as I told 
you, he pitt itby once^ but for all that, to my think- 
mg he would fain hav€ had it. Then he oner'd it 
to him ^in : then be put it by zgm % but, to my 
thinking, he was very loth to hy his fingers off it. 
And then hec^ler'd it the third time^ he jput it the 
third time by i «nd ftill as he icfus'd k, the rabble- 
ment houtod, and clap*d their chopt hands, an^ threw 
up thdr fweatir nig|it-caps, and utcerM fuch a deal of 
|linkii^ breatn, becaufe Ci^ refund the aowii» that 
It had almoft choaked Gefir i for he fwooopd, and^ 
fell down at it : and for aiine own part, 1 dui^ tiot 
laugh, for fear of opening my lips, and receiri()g dsK 
bad air« 

Off. But, Toft, I pray you } wfaa^ didC^ fwo^^, 

Cafca. He fell down in the markec-plaoe, and foto^ 
at mouth, and was ibeechleis. 

Bru. *Tis very like ; he hath the falling^Stcknefi* 

Caf No^ Cafar hadx it not i bo^ypu u^ ^ 
And honed C9/^4» we have the Ikllmg-fickneik .: 


JuLitJs Cjesak. 15 

G^a. I know not ivhat you mean by that ; but. I 
wm wrCf Cajar fell down : If the tag-fag people did 

and diipleas'd them, as they ufid to do the Players in 
the Theatre, I am no true man. 

Bru. What faid be, when he came unto himfelf ? 

(2a/is. Marry^ before he fell down, when he per- 
cdvM the common herd was glad he refus'd thd 
Crown, he phickt me ope his doublet, and offered 
them his throat to cut : An' I had been a nun of any 
occopation, if I would not have taken him at a word, 
I wouk) I might go to hdll among the rogues i and fo 
he fdL When he came to himlelf again, ht laid^ 
*« Xf he had dohe^ or laid any thing amifs, he de^ 
« fli'd their Worlhips 10 think it Was his inft-rtrity, •• 
Three or ftmr wenches where I ftood, cry*d, •* alas, 
•• good fi>ri!***— and forgave him with all their 
hearts : but there's no heed to be taken of them *, if 
Gr/Sr had ftabb'd their mothers, they would have 
dooe no lefi. 

Bm. And after that, he came, thus lad, away ? 

C|/2». Ay. 

Crf. EKd Ocer$ lay any thing? 

Q^im. Ay, he Iboke Greek. 

G^ Towhatettea? 

Ca/ca. NaT, an* I teH you that, V\\ ne'er look you 
r th* face aisiQ. But thofe, that underftood him, fmilM 
9it6iactxtoa&i and fliook their heads } but for mine 
own port; it was Greek to me. I could tell you more 
n too : Msmlks and FUrms^ for pulling i^rfs 
Cq/Sr^ali|iagcs, are put to fileooe. Pare you well, 

jefe was itare foolery vet, if I cook) remember it. 

G^ Wffl yoa ftp with me to night, Cafia f 

(»r K<H IuarpromttMibrth7 

:my« ^ 

« Cetf^ Vfltt yw dine with me to morrow f 

Cifca. Ay, if I be alivt, and your mind hold, and 
|our diimer be lirorth the eadng« 


i6 Julius CjE&ar. 

Caf. Good, I will expcA yoo, 

Cafca. Do fo : farewel Both. {ExU^ 

Bru. What a blunt fellow is this grown to be ? 
He was quick noettle, when he went to (chool. 

Caf. So is he now, in execution 
Of any bold or noble enterprize. 
However he puts on this taixiy form : 
This rudenefs is a fauce to his spod wit. 
Which gives mea ftomach to digieft his words 
With bttter appetite. 

Bru. And \o it is ; for this time I will leave you. 
To morrow, if you pleafe to ipeak with mi^ 
I will come home to you ; or, if yoa will. 
Come home to me, and I will wait for yon. 

Caf. I will do fo \ till then, think oi the world. . 

[Exit Bnitut^ 
Well, Brutus^ thou art noble \ yet, I fe^ 
Thy honourable Meul nuy be wrought 
From what it is difpos'd ; therefore 'tis noecc^ 
That noble minds keep ever with their likes : 
For who fo firm, that cannot be ieduc*d i 
Cafar doth bear me hard ; but he loves Brutus. 
7 If I were Brutus nQw, and he were Ojffius^ 

He (hould not humour me. 1 will, this nigfi^ 

In feveral hands, in at his windows throw. 
As if they came from feveral citizens. 
Writings all tending to the great opinion 
That Rom holds of his name : Wherein obfcurefy 
Qefaf^ ambition fliall be glanced at. 

7 If I Win Bnitut now, anibi nutn CafEut^ 
Hifiwld n9t hamour «^.«^— ] Thb u a reflexioii «■ 
Bruinit ingratitude ; which coMlades^ at iii afoai on &ch ooc^* 
fionsy in an encomium on his own better cotditions. fflmtirf- 
firutof, (fays he) «»// Bratos, Caffios, lnjhmld mica§9ltmiu 
I do him. To humour fignifies here to cum and wind him/ by 
inflaming his paffions. The Oxfird Ediior alters the laft' Ufl(^ t» 

Cxfar Jb$uld Moi tovi me. 
What he means by it, is not worth inquiring* 


Julius CitSAR. 17 

And, after this, let Ogftr felt him fure ; 

For we will fluke hinit or worfi: days endure. [£^ ^ 


nimdir and Ugbtmng. Enter Cafca, bis pmord drmm \ 

snd Cicero, meeting bim. 

Cic. Good even, Qtfca\ brought you Ciefar home ? 
Why are yeu breathlds, and why ft^ire you fo ? 

Cafca. Are not you mov'd, when all the fway of 
Shakes like a thing unfirm ? O Cicero ! 
I have feen tempera, when the fcolding winds 
Have riv'd the knotty oaks; and I have feen 
Th' ambftioas ocean fwell, and rage, and foani^ 
To be exalted with the threatning clouds : 
But never till to night, never till now. 
Did I go through a tempeft dropping fire. 
Either there is a civil ftrife in heav'n ; 
Or die theii^ld, too fancy with the Gods, 
Incoifes them to iend deftruftion. 

Cie. Why, law you any thing more wonderful ? 

Cafia. A common flave, you know him well by 
Held up his left hand, which did flame and bum. 
Like twenty torches join'd ; and yet his hand, 
Not fenfibk of fire, remained un(corch*d. 
Befidcs, (I ha* not fince put up my fword) * 
Againft the Capitol I met a lion. 
Who glared upon me, and went furly by, 
Without annoying me. And there were drawn 
Upoo a heap a hundred ghaftly women, 
IVanslbrmed with their rear $ who fwore^ they lav^ 
Men^ all in fire, walk up and down the ftreecs* 
And yefterday^ . the bird of night did fit, 
Ev*n at noon-day, upon the market-place, 
Houting and Ihrieking. When thefe Prodigies , 

Vot. VIL C l>ft 

8 Julius Cmsah. 

tfff^ conjointly meet, let not men (ajr, 
«T"hcfe are their reafo'ns, they arc natural : •• 
For, I believe, they are portentous things 
Unto the Clittiate, that they point upon. 

Si^ Indeed, it is a ftrange-difpofed time : 
filit men may conftrue things after their fafiiion. 
Clean from the purpofe of the things themfelvcs. 
Comes Ca/ar to the Capitol to morrow { 
^ Cafca. He doth : for he did bid Antonius 
^nd word to you, he would be there to morrow, 

Cic. Good night then, Cafca \ this difturb^d sky 
Is not to walk in. 

Cafca. Farewel, Cicero, [Exit Cieero. 


Enter Caffiiis. 

Caf. Who*s there? 
Cafca. A Roman. 
Caf Cdfca^ by your voice. 

Cafca. Your ear is good. Cqffius^ wh^t night is. this? 
^ Caf. A very pleafing night to honcft men. 
Cafca, Who ever knew the heaven's menace (b ? 
Caf Thofe, that have known the earth fo full of 

For my part, I have walked about the (Ireets, 
Submitting me unto the perillous flight i 
And thus unbraced, Cafca^ as you fee. 
Have bar'd my bofom to the thunder- ftone : 
And when the crofs blue lightning feem'd to open 
The bread of heaven, I did prefent my felf 
Ev'n in the aim and very flaln of it. 

Cafca. But wherefore did you fb much tempt the 
hcav'ns ? 
It is the part of men to fear and tremble. 
When the mod mighty Gods, by tokens, fend 
jS^h dreadful heralds to aftoniih us. 


Julius C^sar. ig; 


I Caf. You are dull, Cajca ; and thqfe fparks of life^ 
I That fhould be in a Roman^ you do wanc^ 
Qr eUe you ufe not % ymi look pale» and ga^e^ 
And put on fear, ami caft your £blf in won^er^ 
To fee the ftcange impatience of the heay'm : 
But if you would confider the true caufe. 
Why all tilde fires, why all thefe gliding ghofts, 
Why biids a|id beafts, from quality and k^. 
Why old men, fools, ' and children calculate \ 
Why aildieie things change^ from their ordinance^ 
Their natures and pre-formed faculties 
To monfirous quality; why, you fhall find, 
That heaven has infqs*d them with thefe fpirits. 
To make them inftrumencsof fear and warning 
Unto fome monftrous ftate« 
Now oould ], Cafca^ name to thee a man 
Moft like this dreadful ni^t ; 
That thunders, lightens, opens Grav:es, and roan 
As doth the Hon in the Capitol ; 
A man no mightier than thy feif, or me, 
fn peribnal aAion \ yet prodigious grown. 
And fearfoi, as thefe ftrangp eruptions are. 
Cb/ra. 'Tis Ci?/2ir that you mean ; is it not, Q^lJiusf 
Caf. Let it be who it is : for Ranums now 
\ Rmre thieves and limbs liire to their anceftors ; 
But, woe the while ! our fathers' min^ are dead. 
And we are gov^nTd with our mothers* fpirits : 
Our yoke and fuff'rance ibew us womanifh. 

Cifut. Indeed, tb^ &y, die Senators to morrow 
Mean to (^Uifli Cafar as a King ; 
And he fhaU wear his Crown by lea and land. 
In every place, &vt here in Itofy. 

S » And CbiUr§M cakolate ; ] Cakulati liere figni£es 

to foretdLor prophefy : For the cuftom of foretelling fortunes by 
' judicial Ahtnogy (which was at that time much in vogue) being 
performed by« long tedious calculation, Shahtjpiar^ with his 
itel libert/y emplpyi tke ^Wa ; £ calcnbce ] isit dip g^nus 

C 2 Caf. 



Julius Cjesar. 

Caf. * I know, wKere ( wlll^wear this dagger, then : 
Caffius from bondage wi)l deliver d^ffius. 
Therein) ye Gods, you aiake the weakimftftroi^^ 
Therein, ye Gods, you tyrants do.defieati 
Nor ftooy tower, nor walls of beaten braik. 
Nor airlete dungeon, nor ftrong links of iron. 
Can be retentive to the ftrength of fpirit : 
But life, being weary of theie worldly bars. 
Never lacks power to difmiis itfelf. 
Jf I know this ; know, all the world befides, 
That part of tyranny, that I do bear, 
I can make off at pleafure. 
Cafca. So can I: 
So every bondman in his own hand bears 
The power to cancel his captivity. 

Caf. And why fhould Cstfar be a tftmi then ? 
Poor man ! I know, he WQuld not be a wolf. 
But that he fees, the Ronums are but jfheep^ 
He were no lion, were not Romans hinds. 
Thofe that with hafte will make a mighty fire. 
Begin it with weak draws. What trafh is Romef* 
What ruhbifh, and what ofial? when ic ierves 
"For the bale matter to illuminate 
So vile a thing as G^.? But, oh, grief! 
Where haft thou led me? Ij perhaps, fpcak this 
Before a willing bondman : then I know. 
My anfwer moft be made. But I am arm'd. 
And dangers are to me indifferent. 

Cafca. Yoa fpeak to Cafca^ and to fuch a man. 
That is no fleahng tellrtale* Hold my hand : • 
Be factious for redrels of all theie grids. 
And I will fet this foot of mine as Ikr^ 
As who goes fiirtheft. •# 

Caf, There's a bargain made. 
Now know you, Cafca^ I have mov*d already 
Some cercaia of the nobleft-minded Romans^ 
To undergo, with me, an enterprize 




Julius C^sar. 21 

Of honourable dang'rous confequence ; 

And I do know, by this they day for me 

In Pompef^ Porch. For now, this fearful night. 

There is no ftir, or walking in the (Ireets^ 

' And the complexion of the Elements 

Is fev'roas, like the work we have in hand % 1 

Moil bloody, fiery, and mo£t terrible. 

Enter Cinna. 

Cafca. Stand clofe a while^ for here comes one in 

Caf^ 'Tis Cinna^ I do know him' by hi& gate ; 
He is a friend. Qrma^ where hafte you fa? 

Cm. To find out you : who's that, Metellus Gmff^rf 

Caf. No, it is Cafiay one incoroorate 
To oar attempts. Am I not ilaid for, Chmaf 

Ob. Ym glad on't. What a fearful night is this? 
There's two or three of us have feen llrange fights. 

Of. Am I nocftaid for? tell me. 

Gn. Yes, you are. 
6(jjfittsl could you win the noble Brutus 
To our party*— • 

9 JmJ tbi ^§PfflixUm of tbi Elbmiht 
hfrv'rn u -■ ] We find from the preciding relation, 
tktnwunoc omf Elimeui only which was diiiarbed^ but^//} 
being told that mlltbefway rf Earth fl>ook like a thing infirm ; 
that ihi winda ri*uid the knotty oaks ; thjit tbi Ocean raged and 
fiomedi TJoA that there loas a tempeft dropping Fire. So that ail the 
fm Elemsuts appear*d to be diforderM. We ihould read 

fbi emnplexion of tbe Elements, 

which is confirn'd b/ the foUbwii^ line, 

M9fi bloody, fiery, amd m^ft terrible. 

^/j9M^ referring to the water; fiery to the air and fire; and terri'. 
He to the earthquakes ; as appears from Ca/pbnrnia*$ acooantf 
which is a comment on this Une i 

GrenfOi ben^fyawB^d, etndyieldid np ttftir 4$ad\ 
Hercifary warriors figbt npoa tbe ciemds, 
Wbieb drimkd bb$d tiptn tbe CapitoL 

C3 . Caf. 


22 Julius Ci£8 A R. 

Cfif. Be you content. Good Cinm^ take this paper i 
And look you lay it in the Prsetor's chair. 
Where Brutus may but find it ; and throw this 
In at his window $ fet this up with wax 
Upon old Brutus^ Statue : al| this done. 
Repair to Powpey*s porch, where you fliall find uSi 
Is Decius Brufusj and Treiamus ttere i 

On, All, but Metellus Cimber^ and he's gone 
To ftck you at your houfe. Well, I will hie. 
And fo beftow thefe papers, as you bade me. 

Q^f, That clone, repair to PQmpef% Theatre. 

\E^ Cinna, 
9oioe, Ci^ta^ you and I will, yet, ere day. 
See Brutui at his houfe \ three parts of him 
Is ours, already, and the man entire 
ypon the next encounter yields him ours. 

Cafca. O, he fits high in all the peopie*s hearts : 
And that,' which would appear offence in u% 
His countenance, like richelt alchymy. 
Will chaise to virtue and to worthioefe* 

C^« >Him, and bis worth, and our great need of 
You have right w^U a)nceifed ; let us^go, 
Forit'is^ter mid*night( and, ere day. 
We will awake him, and be fure of him. [fixeunf. 


B R u « u 8'j Garden^ 

Enter Brutus, 


WHAT, Lmu^iM — 
I cannot by the progrels of the ftars. 
Give guefs how near to day^— -Xaw/, I ikj I 

JuliusCasar. 23 

1 would, it were my fault to fleep lb fouhdiy. 
When, Lucius^ when ? awake, 1 fay i what, Lucius. 

Enter Lucius. 

Luc. Caird you, my lord ? 

Bru. Get me a taper in my ftudy, Lucitu: 
When it is lighted, come and call me here. 

Luc. I will, my lord. [Exii. 

Bru. It muft be by his death : and, for my part, 
I know no p^ribnal caufe to fpurn at him ; 
But for the general. He would be crown'd 
^ How that might change his nature, there's the 

'* It is the bright day, that brings forth the adder ; 
«* And that craves wary walking : crown him — — 

*' And then I grant we put a fting in him» 
*' That at his will he may do danger with. 
•' Th* abufe of Greatnefs is, when it disjoins 
** *Rcmorfe from Power : aiKi,to fpeak truth of C^tfitt^ 
I have not known when his aflfedlions fway'd 
More than his reafbn. But 'tis a common proof, 
^ That lowlinefs is young ambition's ladder, 
' ' Whereto the climber-upward turns his face 1 
^ But when he once attains the upmoft round, 

* He then unto the ladder turns his back, 

* Looks in the clouds, fcorning the baie degrees 

* By which he did afcend : fo Cafar may : 
Then, left he may, prevent. And (ince the quarrel 
f Will bear no colour, for the thing he is, 

♦ Remorfc/rtfjwP«»#r;— ] Rimor/i, for mercy. 
I Whereto the cHmher upnjoard tarns, &c.] Climier-t^warJ 
(hould be piintedwith a hyphen to avoid an ambigaity, of cittnA^ 
iug Mf wards . or turning upwards^ for, under ftood in the latter 
fenfe, the thought is abfurd and defeAive. 
f iVili hear 9$ colour, fir ibe thing be is, 
* Fa&ion // /i&o— >] The metaphor from the wardrobe* when 

\^ the Exceilcttoe of the/ajS^i§n makes out for the defed of the colour. 

'. ypv.VII. . Falhion 


34- JULIU S CJ^S A]t« 

Fafliion it thus ; that what he is, augmented. 
Would run to thefe, and thefe extremities :' 
And therefore think him as a fcrpent's egg. 
Which, hatched, would, as his kind, grow mil- 

chievous ; 
And kiJl him in xhe fhell. 

Enter Lucius. 

Luc. The taper burneth in your cJofet, Sir : 
Searching the window for a flint, ] found 
This paper thus feaPd up ; and, I am furc. 
It did not lie there, when I went to bed. 

[Gives bim the Utter, 

Bru. Get you to bed again, it is not day : 
? Is not to morrow, boy, the Ides of March f 

Luc. I know not. Sir. 

Bru. Look in the kalcndar, and bring me word. 

Luc. I will, Sir. [Exit. 

Bru. The exhalations, whizzing in the ah". 
Give fo much light, that I may read by them. 

[Opens the letter^ and reads. 
Brutus, thoujkeffi 5 ofwahe^ and fee thy felf: 

Shall Rome Jpeak^ftrike^ redrefs. 

Brutus, thoufleefft: awake. 

Such inftigations have been often dropt, 

Where I have took them up : 

Shall Rome — thus mull 1 piece it out. 

Shall Rome fiand under one man's awe ? what ! Rome? 

Z Is not to morronAf, ioy, the first ^ March?] We fliould 
tead Id«s : For we can never fuppofe the fpcaker to have loft 
fourteen days in his account. He is here plainly ruminating on 
what the foothr?iyer told de/ar [Ad I. Scene z. J in his prefence, 
l-^Biivare the Ides £/*Ma5ch.] The boy comes back and fays, Sir^ 
March // ^-Mafied fourteen days. So thai ehc morrow was the Idet 
#/*March, as hs luppofed. For March, May, July, and OSoher 
had fix nones each, fo that the fifteenth of March was the Ides of 
that month. 


Julius C/bsar. 2| 

Mf onccftors did from die ftreecs of Rome 
The Tarfuin drive, when he was calPd a King* 
Sffidk^ Jirike^ rtirifi^ — am I entreaced dien 
Tofpeak, ami ftrike ? O itoM^ / 1 make thee promtfei 
If the redrefi will follow, thou receiv'ft 
Thy fiill pedtion at the hand of Brutmi 

Enter Lucius. 

Xjm. ' Sir, MffTch is wafted fourteen days. 

Bru. *Tis good. Go to the gase; fome bodj 
knocks : [£m$ Lucius. 

Since Caffius firft dki whet me againft C^/ar^ 
I have not flept>" 
* ^ Between the acting of a dreadful thing, 

' Jlnd 

3 Sir, March is voaJliJ fifteen iia^f.'] The editon are ttightOf 
nifiikai: It was walled but fvmrtitm &ys ; this was the dawa of 
^ fifteenth , when the boy makes his report 

4 Eii^an the oBing of m dnaifnl things 

And the firft m§tio»t tiTr.] That nice critic^ Divirffius of 
BalicamaJlMS, complains that, of all kind of beaaties, thofe 
rreat flrokes, which he calls the terrihU graces^ and which are ^ 
io fiFtqoent in Homir^ are the rareft to be toond in the following 
writers. Amongft oar countrymen it ieems to be as suich coo- * 
fined to die Britijb H^mtr. Tliis defcription of the condition of 
coafpifatoray before the execution of their defign, has a pomp - 
and tertor in it that perfeftly aftoniflies. The excellent Mr. Jddi- 
Jm^ v^ofe modefly made him fomedmet diffident in hit owa- ^ 
geaioH bot whofe true judgment always led him to the faftft 
guides, (as we may fee by thofe many fine ftrokes in his Caio bor- 
rowed from the Philippics of Cicero) has par^hrafed this fine 
defcripdon ; but we are no longer to ezped thoie terrible graces 
which animate his or^nal. 

O thinks what anxiom momcMts paf$ hetweem 

ni hirtb of pUu, and their loft fatal periods. 

Oh, ^tis a dreadful imterwtl §j time, 

filPd wp with horror all, emd big with death. CatO; 

I ftaU make two remarks on this fine imicatkm. The firft ia» 
tint the fubjeds of the two confoiracies being fo v^ difieren^ 
(kke fivauics of Cajkr and the Rmam Empire beinf coooemed ia 
throne; and that of a few auxiliary troops only m the other) 
|lr. Addifom OQald not» with proprietyi bnng m that magnificent 


26 Julius C/Esar. 

* And the firft morion, ^1 the Im^riflti is 

< Like a phantafma, or a hicteoMs ^rf^am : 

< The Genius, and the mortal loftrMip^cs 

< Are then in coundU and the date of man, 
« Like to a little Kingdom, fuffers f!t)m 

^ The nature of an mCurreftion. 

,Enier Lucius. 

Jmc. Sir, 'tis your brother Cafms at the door. 
Who doth dcfire to fee you. 
Bru. Is he alone ? ^ 
Luc. No, Sir, there are more with him* 
Bru. Do you know diem i 

circumftance which ^ves one of the Urribte graces of Sh^kt" 
fieur*^ defcription; 

^he Giuiust itnd the Merial Inftr^minU 

Are then in QwMcil 
For Kingdoms^ in the Fagtkn Theoli:^, befides their g^ei^ had 
their e*oil Genius's^ likewil'e; reprefented here, with the moft da- 
ring ft retch of £uicy, as fitting in confulution with the confpi- 
ntors, whom he calls their mortal Inftrwnents, But this, as 
we fay, would have been too pompous an apparatus to the rase 
jRnd defertion of Syphax and Semfronius, The other thii^ ob- 
ftrvable is, that Mr. Addifon was lb ftruck and afieded with thefe 
terrihU graces in his original, that inftead of imitating his author*s 
fentiments, he hath, before he was aware, given us only the cop/ 
.of his own i^ipreffions made by jhem. For, 

Oh^ *tis a dreadful intemfal of time^ 

Fiird up with Horror edl^ mad big <imtb death, 

are but the afbaions raifed by fach forcible Images ai thefe^ 
- All the Interim is 

Like a Phantafma, or a hideous Dreamm 
^ ■ ■ - ' the State of Man 

Like to a little Kingdom ^ fuffers then 
The Nature of an infurre&ion. 

Comparing the trouhled-mind of aconfpirator to a Hate ofAnarchy> 
is juft and beautiful; but the in f rim, or interval, to an hideous 
vifion, or a frightful dream,- holds fomething fo wonderfully of 
truth, and lays the foul fo open, that one can hardly thiinc it 
tpofiiUe for any .man, jwho.had mn feme time or other been en 
^ged in a CQiifpiracy» to give fach force of <ttIoaring to Natnre. 


Julius Cjesar. 27 

Lac. No, Sir, their Hats are pluckt about thdr 



And half cbeir fisoes buried in their Cloaks; 
That by no means I may difcover them 
By any mark of favour. 

Bru. Let them enter. [Exii Lucius. 

They arc the faction. •• O Confpiracy ! 
•^ Sham'ft thou to flicw thy dang'rous brow by night, 
" When Evils arc moft free ? O then, by day 
** Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough, 
** To mask thy monftrous vifage? feck none, Gon- 
fpiracy ; 
« Hide it in Smiles and Affability : 
For if thou path, thy native iemblance on, 
" Not Erebus itfelf were dim enough 
" To hide thee from prevention. 


Eitier Caflius, Cafca, Decius, Cinna, Metellus, and 


Caf. I think, we are too bold upon your Reft i 
Good morrow, Brutus^ do we trouble vou ? 

Bru. I have been up this hour, awake all night. 
Know I thefe men,that come along with you ? [Afide. 

Caf. Yes, every man of them ; and no man here. 
But honours you: and every one doch wifh. 
You had but chat opinion of your fclf. 
Which every noble Roman bears of you. 
This is Trehonius, 

Brii. He is welcome hither, 

Caf. This, Decius Brutus. 

Bru, He is welcome too. 

Caf. This, Cafca-y this, Cinm% 
And this, Metellus Cimber. 

Bru. They are all welcome. 
What watchful cares do interpofe thenUelves 


i8 Julius Caesar. 


Betwixt your eyes and night i 

Caf. Shall I entreat a word i [fbey whifper. 

Dec. Here lies the Ea£k : doth not the day break here i 

Cafca. No. 

Cin. O pardon, Sir, it doth i and yon grey lioes^ 
That free the Clouds, are meflengers of day. 

Cafca. You (hall confeis, that you are both deceived : 
Her^ as I point my fword, the Sun ariies. 
Which is a great way growing on the South, 
Weighing the youthfiil feafon of the year. 
Some two months hence, up higher toward the North 
He firft prefents his fire; and the high Eaft 
Stands, as the Capitol, direfUy here. 

Bru. Give me your hands all over, one by one. 

Caf. And let us fwear our refolution. 

Bru. ^*^No, not an oath: if that the Fate of men^ 

S No^ net an Oath: if that tb$ Face •fmtn^ &c.] lliecoii- 
Ipirators propofe an eatb as the fan^on of their mataal faith. 
Thisy BrntMj, yery much in charader, oppofei : Becaufe an oatk 
was the afoal cement of thofe lawleCs cabals, which have not vir- 
tue enough in themfelves to keep their memhers together : On thit 
confideration his argument againft an oath turns: And the mo- 
tives he thought fufficient to preferve ^th amongft them» were 
thefe: ^he fufferana §f their (quU^ i. e. their commiferation for 
expiring hberty : nt timers alufe^ i. e. the general corruption of 
manners which had reduced publick liberty to this condition ; and 
which, that liberty reftored,, would reform. But now, what li 
Tbi Fkcz of men F Did he mean they had honeil looks. This was 
poor and low obfervation, unworthy Brutus, and the occafion^ 
and the grandeur of his fpeech : Beddes^ it is foreign to the turn 
and argument of his difcourfe, which is to ihcw the ftroug cement 
of the confederacy » from the jufiice of their c^mfe^ not from tim 
natural honour of the confpiracors. His argument (lands thus, 
Tou require an oath to hep us together \ hut fur e thefirong mot inset 
that drenv us into confederacy luill keep us tossfe derated^ Thefe 
motives he enumerates ; but The Face of men not being one of 
thefe motives mnH needs be a corrupt reading. Shaie^ear, with- 
out queftion^ wrote, 

Jjf that the Fatb of mint 

Or of mankind^ which» in the ideas cff a Roman, wfl9 involved 
in the fati of their Repufalkk. And thk was the prindipal m^ 
tive which engage the God<like Mrutns ia the undertaking. 

** The 

Julius Casail. 

<< The fijfierance of our fouls, the time's abufe,< 

<^ If thefe be motives weak, brciak off betimes ; 

** And ev'ry man hence to his idle bed : 

*« So lec^ high-iighted tyranny range on, 

" nriU each man drop by k>ttery. But if theie, 

«< As I am fure they do, bear fire enough 

*^ To kindle cov^ards, and to fteel with valour 

*^ The melting rpirit9 of women ; then, countrymen, 

^^ What need we any fpur, but our own caufe, 

*^ To prick us to redrels? what other bond, 

^< Than ' fecret Rimans^ that have fpoke the word, 

<< And will not palter? and what other oath, 

^ Than bonefty to honefty engaged, 

^^ That diis ihall be, or we will fall for it ? 

^^ Swear priefts, and cowards, and men cautelous. 

<< Old fedble carrions, and fuch foficring fouls 

^ That welcome wrongs : unto bad caufes, fwear 

^ Such creatures as men doubt ; but ^ do not ftain 

•* The even virtue of our enterprize, 

^ Nor th' iniuppreflive metde of our fpirics ; 

" To 

6 ^-~ high-fighted t^anxy- — -] The epithet alkdet to a 
tawk ibaring on high and intent upon its pre/. 

7 — - fccret Romans^ ] Secret^ hr federate^ ufed becaule 

mtcy is an eflendal quality in confederations* 

S do not STAIN 

7be i*ue» wrtue tf 9ur inietfrixt^ 

Nor tJH* in/hfprijfive m€itli ofour/piritt^ Sec. ] Admit* 
tbg that the Opinion that the caafe or actors wanted an Oath to 
hold them together, might be called ^ftain^ (mrhich yet 1 think it 
coold nor, bwaofe fuch opinion does not neceiTarily imply 9ijnf* 
ficiw of the honefly of eitner ; or if it did, fuch fufpicion could 
wA ftain it, as an oath is no unjaft means of union ; for it is only 
an nnjuft means ufed for a good end^ that could be faid to ftain 
that end. ) However, I ^y, admitting that fuch an opinion 
might be called n ftain, yet here the metaphor employed will not 
attowr the afe of the term. For the expreffion of infupprejji'vt 
mettle allodes to the elaftic quality of fteel, which, being forced 
beyond its tone, lofes i^s fpring, and thereby becomes incapable 
'. af keeoing that machine in motion which it is deiigned to aduate. 




« To think, that or our caufe, or our performuice^ 

«« Did need an oath : When cv'ry drop of blood. 

That evVy Roman bears, and nobly bearsi 

Is guilty of a (everal bailardy. 

If he doth break the fmalleft particle 

Of any promife that hath paft from him. 

Caf. But what of Gcero ? fliall we fiiund him i 
I think, he will ftand vcfy Arong with us. 

Cafca. Let us not leave him out. 

On. No, by no means. 

Met. O let us have him, for his filver hairs 
Will purchafe us a good opiiMon, 
And buy men's voices to oommend our deeds: 
It ihall be faid, his Judgment rul'd our haads i 
Our youths and wildnefe (hall no whit appear. 
But all be buried in his gravity. • 

£ru. O, name him not : let us not break with him i 
For he will never follow any thing. 
That other men bcgki. 

Caf, Then leave him out 

Cafca. Indeed, he is not fit. 

Dec, Shall no man clfe be touched, but only C^r/ir/ 

Caf. Dscius^ well urg'd : I chink, it is not meet» 
Mark Antorrf^ fo well bclov'd of Cafar^ 
Should out-live Cafar: we (hall find of him 
A (hrewd contriver. And you know, his means. 
If he improve them, may well ftretch io far. 
As to annoy us all ; which to prevent. 

To this idea the word enfen refers, fignify ing a conilant moderate, 
well regulated cenoar. To preferve therefore the integrity, of the 
mecaphor, I think we malt read, 

■ ■ « ^dQ not STRAIN. 

i. i, beyond its natural and proper tone ; the coofequenceof which 
will be the ftopping the motion of the whole machine. So chat the 
thought is this. The prefent temper of our Jpirits is like the virtut 
of a fteelfpring luhich pujhes fotvjoard and prefer*uet the moti^M of 
the machine: But noiv, if to the force of this natural difpafi* 
tion, you add the artificial bend of an oatb^jom ntiiU iverfiraim it 
and dejircy its ponfier^ 



Julius CjESAKi 31 

Let JfitMf and C^tjir fall together. 

Bru. Oar courfe wifl feem coo bloody, Cahu Caffkis^ 
To cut tbe head oflT, and then hack the limbs i 
Like wrath in death, and envy afterwards : 
For Jlntonj is but a limb of C^efar. 
Let us be facrificn^ but not butchers,. Cains $ 
We all ftand up againft the fph'it of Cafar^ 
And in the ibirit of man there is no blood : 
O, that we uien could come by Cafar*% Ipirit, 
tixA not difmember Citjar I but altt ! 
Gtfar muft Mted f6rit--" And, gentle friends, 
** Lef s kill him boldly, but not wrathfully i 
^ Let's drve hitn as a dilh fit for the Gods, 
^ Not bew him as a carcafs fit for hounds. 
^ And I6t duf faeam, as fubde ma(!ers do, 
« Stir up*their fervants to an aft of rage, 
•* And after feem to chide them. This fhall make 
Our purpofe necefiary, and not envious ; 
VThich, fo appcarhig to the common eyes, 
Vit (hall be caJfPd lagers, not murthercrs. 
And for Afyri Arttott^^ think not of him i 
For he can do no more than C^far^s atm. 
When C^fat^s head is o(F. 
Caf. Yet I do fear him ; 
For in th* ingrafted love he beard to Qafar^""^^ 

Bru* Alas, good Caffius^ do nt)t think of him ; 
If he love C^Jdr^ all that he can do 
Is to himlelf, cake thought, and die for C^far : 
And that were much, he fhould ; for he is giv'n 
To (parts^ to wildne^ and much company. 

Trei. There is no fear in him ^ let him not die ; 
For he will live, and laugh at this hereafter. 

Bru. Pbrce, count the clock. 
Qaf. The clock hath ftricken three. 
^eb. 'Tis time to part. 
CaL But it is doubtful yet, 



If Cdfar fHI joomc for* i« d»]r, or i»« 
9 For he ift it4>erftitioas ^wn of late* 
Quite fctwB Ae man <^ioiciii he held ^noe 
OT faotafiev of dreatm* iuid ceremonicft: 
It may be, thcfe a^Kueni; jprodi^ies. 
The uoaficbftom'd terror of this night» 
And the perfuafion of his aug^rers, 
Mky htm^bim from the CaptDol to day- 

Dte. Never fiear that tif he be fo reliilv'd, 
I can rfer-fWay himj • *♦ forie loves to hear, 
« That uniooms may be hetray'd with crae^ 
« And bears with glaflfes, ekfhants with hole^ 
*« Lions with toils* and men. with flatteren. 
<* But when I tell him, be iaites flatteno^ 
«* He fays he does i beiq^ then moft flattered. 
Leave me to work : " . , 

For I can ^ve his humour the true bent) 
And I will bring him to die Capitol. 

Caf. Nay, we will all of us be there to fetch him. 

Bru. 3j the eighth hour, is that the uttermoft ? 

Cm. Be that the uttermoft, and foil not-then. 

Mef. Caius ligmm doth bear CfySr hard, 


9 for hi is fuperftitious grcmm of late ^ 
^itifrtm the maim opini§n^he biid 9»Ci 
Offamiafitf rf dreams ^ and ceremonies : 'I Cafar^ 1» 
welt as Cajpust was an Epicurean. 2y^ main ^inioif^ CaJJim in- 
tends a compliment to his fea» and means folid, fundamental 
t>piniott grounded in troth and nature: As by fantafie h iHeanc 
ominous forebodings; and by ceremonies^ atonemeutsof theGodi 
by means of religjiptts fitea and frcriices. A little -afWM f^^^ 

Calfhurnia fays» . - 

Caefar, I never flood en oatmoniat 

Yet novo they fri^t mt: "^ 

The poet ufes Ceremonies in a quite difierent fenfiv twunri^t thja 
turning ^ecftdtnt^ to omenta % principal fupcriition of amjqmty; 

I - — for he Ivmj H h$§r^9tsJ\ Icwsa.fiwilf imagiMd by 
the poets to make Q€efar delight in this fort of converi^tion. The 
Author oi SC S^remond^s life tells us, that the great Prince. pf 
Condo took mue& pleafute in remarking on the foibk and ridiculo 
ofcharadera. .' . . ^* . 


Julius CjbsaxJ jj 

Who rated Im for fpcdckg wett of /^Mf^ 
I wcMider, none of you havs thought of him. 

AiiT. Now^ good Mu^usj go tloog €o him : 
He iovcs ftie i«eU ; and I have ghr'n bim reafiins ^ 
Send him but hither, and I'll fiifliion htm« 
Caf. The mocping comes upon*s \ we'll leave you^ 
Bruius ; 
And, friends ! difperfe your felves \ but all remember 
What yoo have fsud, and fliew your felvcs true Romans. 

Bru. Good Gentiemeo, look frefh and merrily % 
Let not oar looks put on oor purpc^s ; 
But bear itt as our jftsasM adors do. 
With QOtii'd ^MTiCs, and formal conftancy \ 
And fo^ gMd m o r row so you every one. [£Mr«l« 


Boy ! Lucius I £ift afleep ? it is no matter, 
** Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of Slumber : 
^ Thou haft no figure^ oor no fantafies, 
^ Which buQc care draws in the brains of men i 
*^ Therefore thou (leep'ft fo found. 


Enter Porcia* 

Pori Brutus^ my lord ! 

Bru. Porcia^ what mean you? wherefore rife yoa 
It tt sot 'for your health, thus to commit 
Tour weak condition to the raw cold morning. 

Par. Nor for yours neither. ** You've ungcntjy, 
** Stx^ ftom my bed : and, yeftemight at fupper, 
^ Yoo foddetily «ofe and walk'd about, 
^ Mufing and iighing, with your arms a-crois : 
^ And, when I ask'd you what the matter was, 
^ Tou ftar'd upon ma with ongtntle looks. 

Vol.. VII. D ^« I 


<< Img^djm further; then yon foatcikM f<Mr heaif, 

^< And too impatiently flamp'd with ]Four feet : 

^* Yet I infiitcdy yet you anftniBf^d not $ 

«< But with an angfy waftnrd of your hand« 

*< Gave figii for oie to leave you : fo I did^ 

** Fearing to ftrengthcn chat iinpjitenoe, 

^^ Which ieem'd too much inkindled ; and^ withal, 

^ Hoping it was but an efGsft of humour % 

^^ Which (bmetrme hath hiB hour with every mnn. 

It will Bot let you cat, nor toHc, nor flecp i 

And could it work io much upon your fiiape. 

As it hath much prevati'd on yoar conditiclh, 

I Ihould not know you. Brums. Dm* my tord, 

|4ake me acquainted wkh your caufe of gi^ief. 

£ru. I am not well in health, and that is all. 

Por\ Brutus is wife, and, were he not in health. 
He would embrace the means to come by it. 

£ru. Why, ib I do : gctod P^cfa^ go to bed. 

Per. Is Brmus fick ? and is it phyiical 
To walk unbraced, and Ibdt np the humours 
Of the dank morniiig ? what, ia Brutus fick f 
And will he (teal out of his wholfom bed. 
To dare the vile conugiatn of the nigltt? 
And tempt the rheumy and unpurged air. 
To add unto his (idcne&? no^ my BruSuSj 
Tou have fome fick ofience within your lOfbdi * 
Which, by the Right and Virtue of my pl^ce, 
' t ought to know oT : and, upon my knees, 
I charm you^ by my once^commended b^ut)r» 
By all your vows of love, and that great vow 
Which did incorporate and make us one^ 
That you unfold to me, your felf, your half. 
Why you are heavy : and what men to ni^ 
Hsave had rdCon to you : for beie have been 
Some fix or feven, who did hide their faces 
Even from darkneis. 

Bru. Kneel not, gende Porcia. 



VLtm^ G^sAi/ 


JBoF^ I (koM mr need, iiF you wei3egmdeJSr«te/« 
Wicbin ti» bond o£ narriage^ tdl n3e» Mrmus^ 
h k excepted^ I &piild know no iibci^ttts 
That apperuiQ to you ? am I your &lf, 
But, as it W€re» in fere or linaitatioa? 
To keep with you ac meabt comfort your bed^ 
And talk t^you fometimes i dwell I but io-the fuburbf 
Of your good pleafure.? if it be no more, 
Porcia is BrutUs^ harlot^ not his wife. 

Bru. You are my true and bonaurabJe wife i 
As dear tome^ as are tbe ruddy drops 
That vifit my fad heart. 

Per. If this^ were true^ thea fhould I know tbia 

Isnitt iam ^womani but withal, 
A woman that lord Brutus cook to wife : 
I gianr, I am a woossai \ but withal, 
' A womantwdl repuiad'Cd^tf's daughter.* 
Think you, I aia no ftroogqr than my fat, 
Bdog ftp fyQ^^ and fo husbamkd } 
Tdl me your qmnfels, I wiU not difclofr them : 
I have made ftrong pB)of of my conflaneyi 
GiTing my feif a votuocary wmmd 
Here, in the cbigk: can I be^ that with patience:^ 
And not my .hu^nd's iBCiets ? 
Bru. Q y«; Gods.! 

1 A nvmtm infill tff^td ', Cato^i D^nr^il^.} 'I'hii fidft pom^ 
ii^ ilxwM be CQri;ie6led thus, 

A ^rndtn 'well tiputed CatoV iaugbter, 
f . #. worthy, of my binhy and die rdatiQii I bear to Cai9, Thii 
Wrsi was agood teaifoa why flit Ihodd be hitrnfled wttk .the 
ftcset. Bat (he 6Ue geiating, whkh g^vet a fimfe oi% imptykie 
tftat ihe was a woman of a good character, and that (he was Cat^ 
daughter, gim ao gootf leafoii : tot fixe might be CiiA^i daUgh- 
ter» and yet not bhciit hia finiaie6 1 aa^ ihe might be a woman 
wdlrepQced. ;ftndyecaocthebeftatftftcKtt. Boc if fte <qBiu «9#// 
rifaUdCzto^s diuurhUr, that is, worthy of her fnnk* ihe coul4 
aotfaer want her fither's love to her country, nor hjs rf fc^utloa to 
tnpgt hit Um dc]ivtnn€e» 

y^ Da Render 


Render me worthy of this noble wife. , [Kn^k^ 

Hark» hark, one knocks: Portia^ go in a whik^ 

And) by and by, thy boibm ihall partake 

The fecrets of my heart. 

All my engagements I will conftrue to thee. 

All the charaSery of my lad brows. 

Leave me with hafie. [EscU Porcir^ 

Enter Lucius and Ligarius. 

Lucius f who's there that knocks ? 

Luc. Here is a fick man, that would (peak with you* 
£ru. Caius Ligarius^ that Melellus ipake of. 
Boy, (land afide. Caius Ligarius ! how ? 

Cii. Vouchfafe good OKirrow from a feeble tongue. 

Bru^ O, what a time have you chofe out, brave 
To wear a kerchief? 'would, you were not fick f 

Cai. I am not fick, if Bruim have in hand 
Any exploit worthy the name of honour. 

Bru, Such an exploit have I in hand, ligarius^ 
Had you an healthful ear to iiear of it. 

Cat. By all the Gods the Romans bow befiare, 
I here difcard my fickoeis. Soul oiRmei . 
Bratre ion, deriv'd from honourable loins I 
Thou^ like an Exorcilit, haft conjur'd up 
My mortified fpirit. Now bid me run^ 
And I will drive with things impofTible § 
Yea, ^t the better of them. What's to do i 

Bru. A piece of work, that will nuke fick men 

Cat. Hut are not fome whole, that we mud make fick f 

fru. That we muft alia What it is, my Caius^ 
I fiiatl unfold to thee, as we are going. 
To whpiTi it muft be done. 

Cat. Set on your foot. 
And with a heart new-fir^d I follow you. 
To do I know not what : but it fufficech. 



That Brains leads me on. 
Bru* FoBow mcthcn. [Exeunt. 

Oranges to Csefar'i Falace. 

f TZwwiifr and Lrgbining. Enier Julius Cafar. 

C^V7 OR heav'n, nor earth, have been at peaec 

iN to night; 
Thrice hath Calpburnia in her fleep cry'd out, 
•• Help, ho! they murder C^yir/* Who's within? 

Enier a Servant* 

Ser. My lord ?-^ • 

C^f. Go bid the priefts do prefent facriBcet 
And bring me their opinions of fuccefs. 
Ser. 1 will^ my lord. [JEx/V* 

Enter Calpburnia. 

Col. What mean you, Cafar f think you to walk 
You fhattlnot ftir out of your houfc to day. 

Caf. C^efar (hall forth ; the things, that tbreatned me, 
Ne^er lodkt but on my back : when they fliaU fee 
The febe oiCafar^ they are vanifhed. 

Cah Cajar^ I never ftood on ceremonies^ 
Tet now viVf fright me : there is one within, 
(Befidcs the things that we have heard and feen) 
Recounts mod horrid fights feen by the Watch. 
A Ikmels hath whelped m the ftreets. 
And Graves have yawnM, and yielded up their dead ? 
Fierce fiery warriors fight upon the clouds. 
In ranks and Iquadrons and right form of war, 
Whk:h drizzled blood upon the Capitol : 
The noife of battle hurtled in the air ; . 
Horfes did neigh, and dying men did groan \ " 
^ D3 And 


And Ghofts did fhriek, and iqueal sdxwft the dreets, 
O C^far f theie things are beyond ^ ufe) 
And I do fear them. 

C^f. What can be avoided, 
Whofe end is purposed by the mighty Gods ? 
Yet Cafar Ihall go forth : for thefe prediflions 
* Are to the world in gener&l, as to Cafar. 

Col. When Bqggais die» there are no comets (een ; 
The heav'ns themfelves bia^e forth the death of Princes. 

Caf. '* Cowards die many times before their deaths, 

* The valiant never tafte of death butronoe : 

* Of all the wonders that I yet have h^rd, 

* It feems to me mod flraoge, that men flKwld fear : 

* Seeing that death, a neceflary end, 

* Will come, when it will come. 

Enter a Servant. 

What fay the Augurs ? 

Ser. They would not have you to ftir forth to day* 
plucking the entrails of an Oflering forth» 
They could not find a l>eart within the bta&. 

[^Exii Servant. 

Cdf. The4Cjodsdoth|Bin,fi)anfie<tfcoward^fe: 
Cafir ihpald ,be a bead: without a heart» 
If he ibould ftav at honie to day for fear, 
^o. Cafar Ihall not ; P^qgor knows lull mdi^ 
That C^far is more dangerous .than he. 
We (a) were two lions litter'd in one day# 
And I the «lder and more tgriblei 
And G4^&all go forth. 

Cat Ar4s, my lord, 
.Your wifdom is oonfum'd in oonfideooe t 
po not go. forth to day i call it my feari. 
That keeps you in the houje, a«d aot your own. 
WeMl fend Aiark 4ntom (9 thft.Senaie-boiife 


((«) Wtr/^ hk. TktMd,^^ y«^. Jh0ti>e} 


Julius Casak. J9 

And he mil ftf t fou a» not wdl to day : 
Let me, upon my knee, prentil in this. 

Caf, Mark j^Mmf fliaU %, I »m not well | 
And, for cky humonr, I will ftay at home. 


Csier Deoiiu- 

Here's 2>mf» Bruiusy he IfaaH tell them fo. 

Dec. OtfifT^ all iiafl ! good morrow, worthy Cdfiar % 
1 come to fctctKyou to che Senate-houfe. 

Gf/. And you are come in very happy time. 
To bear ay (greeting to the Senators, 
^nd idJ ffaiem that I will not come to day : 
CuMoc, ttfaUe; and cjiat I dare not, &!ier; 

I will not come to day ; tellthcmib, Decius. 

Ccd. Say, lie is lick. 

Qtf. Shall C^far fend alye ? 
Have I in conqueft ftretcht mine arm fb far. 
To be afraid to tell Grey-beards the truth ? 
Ikcms^ g^ uil them, C^Jir wtU not come. 

Bee, Afoft mighty Qe/ar^ let me know (bme caufe, 
Left [ be hnsgh'd at, when I tell them fb. 

Cef. The caufe is in my will, I will not come % 
That is enough to fatisfie the Senate. 
But for ywr private Jatisfaftion, 
Becaufe I love you, I will let you know. 
Catpbumia here, my wife, ftays me at home : 
She dreamt laft iii|^, (he &W my Statue, 
Which, Hke a fountain, with a hundr^ fpouts, 
Did run pure blood : and many lafty Romans 
Came Gniling, and did bathe their hands in it, 
Thefe ihe applies for warnings and portents' 
(a) Of Mil^ mitMnent ) and on her knee 

begged, diac I m^ fiay at home » day; 

( „ 

HEM O/t^h. OiftiifidinR-i^ Vdg. Adtvfb. ] 

D 4 Dee, 

40 Juii-jtrs C^sA|i. 

i>r. ' This Dream is all amifi iatorprcitd } a 
It was a Vifion fair apd fortqoace.: 
Your Sutur, fpouting blood in many pipes, 
In wiiich fo many finiling Romms bath^ 
Signifies, that from You great Rjmte (hall fiick 
Reviving blood ; ^ and tluit Great Men ftftU prefii. 

For tinftures, ftains, rdicki, and cognifanoe. 
This by Calpbumia*s Dream is fignify '4 

Otf. And this way have you well expounded it. 

Dec. I have^ wt^en yon hi^ve heardl what 1 can iay ^ 
And know it now, the Senate hav^ Gooduded 
To give this day a Crown to mighty Otfar. 
If you iball fend them word you will mf( come. 
Their minds may change, Befides, it were a mock 


"Z m^snd that great men fiall pn/s 

For cin&uics, itaini, fdicks, anJ cpgnifunci,^ That this 
dream of the ftacue*s fpoating blood numl4 i^Hyttht ivm^ft of 
power atfd empire to Mmt mm the influence of C^tfar's arts aod 
arms* and wealth and honour to the noble Rmarn through his 
beneficence, cxpreffed by the words, Fromyou^ grtat Rome flndl 
fuck ri'viving bloody is tntelUgible enough. But how thefe great 
men ihould literally prefs fir tinSuns, ftains, rtliciif umd n^- 
nifanct^ when the fpoating blood was ^y a fymbolical vifion, 
I am at a lofs to apprehend.. Here the circumftances of the dream, 
and the interpretation of it, are cottfimnded with one another. 
This line therefore. 

For tinituriSs fiaims^ nlicks^ and eognijmnei 
muft needs be in way of it millcude only ; and if fo, it appears that 
feme li^.l^e wanting between this and the precedings which 
want (hould, for the future, be marked with afterisks. xbe fenfe 
of them is not di$cult to rooditer, and, with it, thepropriety of the 
line in quedion. Thefpeakerhadfaid»theSutue%fiiJied, tbarby 
Citfat^s inftucfice Rome fhoald flour iih and increafe in empire, and 
thargreaa^en Ihottid prefs ^yfim to partake of his good fortune^ 
juft as men run with handkeivhleft, tsfe. to dip them in the blood of 
martyrs, that they may^B^JSMEe^ their mHt* > ft is trae, the 
thought is from the CKriiuan Hiftory ; bat fo (maU an anachro* 
niiin isnothuig with onr poet. Befid^, it is not n^y interprctattgn 
whilhMHiiDeo '^v it was thm^befbre: For the line in quefiion 
can bear no other fenfe than a^ an allufion to the Uopd of ^e &(ar- 
If^mmdlkeftfperaiA^) df fefaf CEfirchti With r^prd to it. : 




Apt to bi tendered, fbr fbme one to fa]^^^ . > ^ 
Break up the Senate •till another titne, * . ./ . . \- 
When C?^s wife (hall meet with better ij)reanis : 
If Otfar hide himfelf, fhaH they not whi(per». 
Lo, C^r IS afraid ! ' . . 

Pardon mc, Cafar ; for my dear, dear, love i 

' To your poceeding bids nie tell you this :* 
And rcdon to my love is liable. ^ 

Cef. How fooUfii do your Fears feeno now^ C?/- 

I am atttiQ^r i did yi^td to them. 
Give. me my Rd)e, for I will go: 

•8 C E 'N E Vr. 

ca» Trd)oniiSt 

•-• <• 

Qnna and Publius. 

And, loolc^ where PMbtius is come to fetch mc 

Pub. Gopd morrow, Qefar. 

C^f. Welcome^ PttbUuf. 
What, Bruins^ are you ftirr^d fb early too? - 
Good morrow, Cafca : Caius Ugarius^ 
Cxfar was ne'er (b much your enemy. 
As chaciame Ague which hath made you Iesui« 
What is*t o* clock ? 

Bth. CJeTar^ ^tis ftrucken eight. 
' C</I I thank you for your pains and CQurtdifc. 

Enter Antony. 

See ! AiMgf^ that revels k>ng o* nights. 

Is nocwithftandin^ up. Good morrow, AMtmff. 

y&/. So to moK noble Ci^ir. 
; C^f.l^ them prepare^ ^idun : 
I am to bteme to be thus waited for. 
Now, Onna \ now. MguUus ^ what. Trekms I 

3 To tour proceeding ■ i 1 1 Er^iidinikB UiaBuamm^ 



42 Julius Cjbsar. 

I have an hour's talk in (tore fer you^ 
Remember, that you call on eoc co day i 
Be near me» that I may remember you. 

Trei. Cdffar^ I will ^— -— and fi> near will 1 be. 

That your beft Friends (ball wilh I had been further. 

CifJ. Good Friends, go in, and tafte ibme wine 
with me. 
And w^ like Friends, will ftraightway go together. 

Bru. That every like is not the iame^ O Oe/ar^ 

The heart of Bruius yeriis to ^nk upon ? [Exeunt. 

Changes H a Strut nmr the Qipitoi. 

Enter Artemidorus, readit^ a Paper. 

CMS A R^ ieware of Brutus ; t^e beed cf OiBus i 
come not near Caica ; have an eye to Cinna ; trifft 
not Trebonius % mark welt Meteilus Cimber ; Decius 
Brutus bvet thee not ; tiou ba/i wronged Caius Ligarius. 
^bere is but one mind in all tbefe men^ and it is bent 
againfl Casfar. ^ tkou beefi not immortal^ look about thee : 
fecurity gives way to cof^piraej. Tlbe migbty Gods de- 
fend tbee ! 

Thy Lover, Artenndorus. 

Here will I (land, 'till Cafar pafs along, 

And as a fuitor will I give hitn this : 

My heart laments, that virtue cannot live 

Out 4>f che teeth of emulation. 

If thou read this, O Cafar^ thou may'ft live; 

If not, the fates wkh Traitors do comriw. [Exit. 

Enter Porcia and Lucius. 

For. I pr'y thee, Boy^ run to the Scnate-houle % 
Slay Jitc 40 im^MriM, but ga thee gpne: 


Wfajr ioft tiuM] Aay ? 

Lmc. To know my «rmiid) M«d«m. 

p^. I MMikl haw had^hec there, and Jbme again. 
Ere I can idi thee what cbou ifaoiild'ft do tlm^^-^ 

Conftanqr, be ftrong upon my fide. 

Set a huge nomintBin 'tween my heart and migat ; 

1 Ittire a man^ sind, but a woman's inie|lK : 
How hard k is for women to keep ooon& ! 
Art thou iiere f et ? 

Lhc. Madam, what AiouM I ido ? 
Ran to the Capitol, and iteching cMr ? 
And fo fccnm to you, and tioriiing elle i 

Per. Yes, bring me word, boy, if tby Lord look 
For be went fickjy fordi : and take good note, 
WiMt CayGr ^th, what fuitors prels to him. 
Hark, boy ! what noife is that ? 

Luc. I hear none. Madam. 

Ptr. Pi*ythce, liikn well : 
I heard a tnif^ling mtnour like a fray. 
And the wind brings it from the CapitoL 

Lm€. Sooth, Madam, I hear nothing. 

SfiSfr Attemkiorus. 

Por. Come hither, feHow, which way baft thou 

Art. At mine own houle, good lady. 

Por. What is't o» ck)ck ? 

jti. About the ninth hour, Lady. 

Por. Is Csfiar yet gone to the Capitol ? 

Art. Madam, not yet i I go to take my ftand. 
To fee bimfaft on to «be CapitoL 

Por. Thou haft fome fiiit to Oefar^ haft thou not ? 

Art. That I have. Lady, if it will pleaft <:ia>r 
To be fO'good td Csefiir^ as to hear me: 
Iftali4K)feedi him to befmnd iiitofelf. 

Por. Wiiy^kMw't Cbou i<iy barm i/iteiidtedlMf^fds 


^4 Ju^Lfus Cjesa^. 

Art. None that I know will be, much that I ibar \ 
Good morrow. CO you« Here che ftreec is narrow : 
The throngs that follows dejat at the. heris, 
Of Semtforsy of Pnetors, common Suitors, 
Will crowd a feeble Man almoft to death : 
ni get me to a place more void, and there 
Speak to great Qefar as he comes abng. [_Exit. 

Par* I muft go in— a]rc me ! how weak a thing 
The heart of woman isi O Brutus I Bruttui 
The heaiFcns fpeed theeia thine eiKerprizel 
Sure, the Boy heard me i*-— ^Brutus hath a Suir^ 
That C^B^ will not grant.~^0, I grovfiunt: 
Run, iMciufy and commend me to mjr JLord i 
Say, I am merry ; come to me ^^ain. 
And bring me word whathedotb thee. 


A C T m. S C E N E I. 

T'he Street before the Capitol ; and the Capitol open^ 

Floitrifi. "iP Enter C«lar, Brutus, Caffius, Ckfca, Dc- 
cius, Metellus, Trebonius, Cionai Antopy, Lepi- 
- dus, Artcmidorus, Popilius, PubliuSj and the 
Sodth- foyer. . ^ 

C^S A R,v 

» •< • •• 

TH E Ides of March are come* 
Soatb. Ay, Cjsfar^ but not gone. 
Jlrt. HaiU effort' read this fcb^ule. 
Dec. Tre^Mfus doth dcfirc yoia to o'«r-read. 
At your bell leifure, this his humble fuit. 

Jttt. O Cefar^ read mine firft ; for mine's a fuit. 
That touches C^efar nearer. Read it, great Qefar. 
C^f What toucl)]^ us our ielf, (ball be iaft fervid. 
4^r^« jDds^OQt, Ca/!r, read it ii^antly. 
Caf. Wfaat^ is the/cllow mad? . .. , 


J u L r u s G JB s A lu 4t5 

fyh. SkTah, give place. 

Caf. Whac» urg^ 700 your pechiens in the ftrtiet? 
Come to cbe CapicoJ. 
Pep. I wiih, your encerprize to day may thrive 
Caf. What cnterprizc, BofUm f 
Pap. Fan you well 

Bru. yfhdlb^PopOiusLenaf 

Caf. He wifliM, to day our enterprise m 
I fear, our porpofe is difcovered. 

Bru. Looki. hosr he makes to C^Jar% mark him. 

Caf. Cajcaj be fudden, for we fiw preveiitkMi. 
£ntfKf, «h«t ifaall be done^ if this be known? 
C^^, oc £r«3^, never (faali turn bsck I 
For I will flay mfStiU 

JifK :€j[^, be O0ttfta&l« 
Ppfiias Lemi fpca^ics not of our purpofei 
For, look, he fmiles, and Gtfar doth not chanoe. 

C^ Iretamus knows his time ; for look you, Brutus^ 
Hedraw Hfrk^wjf out of ti|e way. . 

Dec. Wniire ii MeuUus Gmier ? let him go. 
And prefently prefer his fuit to Cafar. 

Bni. He is addl*eft \ prefi near, and (eoond him. 

Cam. Cafia^ you are the firft that reai3 your hand 

Cf/! Are wealt ready ? what is now amifs. 
That G^and his Senate muft radrefs? 

AUi. Moil high, moft mighty, and nooft puiiant 

Meielks Gmier throws before thy (eat IKtieiik^: 
An humble heart. ^ 

Gef. I muft prevent thee, Gmber ; 
Thefe couchingi.and thefe lowly curtcfiei 
ftir the bkiod of ordinary men. 

t Mi^i^i fire tie tUod of ordia^ "f^il '^ i* pl|tin«^ iboold 

' Slit the hloo d 

Mntfion dbei not fire (he blood, but melt it to compstfliaa ; or, 
IS he layy juft a^, ibofw it. So afterwards in tliit pli^ lie fkj^ 

?]&# /m/zr 0/ /^eick /# t t i a htm/' bloods. 


^6 Julius C^SAia. 

* And turn pre^ordinancc and irft deoree 

Bmo theUne of ebildaen. B» aot fbndt 

To think that C4^ bears fuch rekcl Uood, 

Thaft wiU be Aanr'd fron the tnie qiiaUeyi 

With That which mdieth feob i. I omHH fiveet viofdsi 

Low-crooked curtfies, and bafe tpuAA fiiwuig^ 

Thy brother by decree is baalAiad v 

If <luHi doft bmdv and pMjs and £awn for bim^ 

I fpurn thee like a cur out of my way. 

Know,. Ctfar dKX& MC wfioiigt nor wkboiit canfe 

Will Ik be ftttsiol. 

ilfif/. Is there not voice more wutbf than inyt owity 
To found more fwdesijr in great Cafiti^% te. 
For the repealing of my banifhM biodiei i 

Bru. I kils thy hand« bst noe kr flattsiy, Cafiufi 
Defiring thee, that PuUtMs Ciwtiir nurf 
Have an inmicdiace freedom of repeal. 

Ct/: What, Bruim! 

Ca[. Pardons Csfar \ C^ty paKS»^ 
As lo V as to thy foot doth CqSIm faU» 
To bqg enfranchiiemcnt £bv F^hhrn Cmim* 

QaS. I could' be. weU nw^d, if I wcitasyo»i 
If. I cfluld prajr c& nviw, prayers would mo^ mil 
But I am oaDftant aa the notthcm iar. 
Of whoie true, fixe, and reftii^ ^lielky, 
Tfttflt is no fdJow in die firmaments 
The skies are painted with unnuQtibered iMrbs, 
Tkey are all nre, and ^inxj one dooh fhwe; 
But there's but one in all doth hold his plaM. 
So, in the world, 'tis fiiroifli'd weH witn men. 
And men aae flefli and bfaod, and apprehenlive j 
Yet, in the niimbev, I do know but ooe 
That unaflailable holds on his rank, 
UnAak*d of motion ; and that I am he^ 
Let me a little fhew it, even ia this ; 


Avady oAal^liflicd. \ 


J0LIV8 CmsaK. 4*^ 

That I was oonftanc, CMiAtr ihetild be tNUiHh'd s ' 
Aai ooaftanc do reanin to keep hhn fo. 
Cim. O Qrfiur- 


C Hence! wilt tiieu lift up Ojrms^? 

C^ef. Doth not jKr«/irj bootkfi kneel ? 

Crfc. Spesdc hands fer me. [fhyftaiC^ibr^ 

Of. mm, Srmef — then hKCafarl [Dies. 

Gb. Ubmf \ ftetdotnl Tyratmy is dead - ^ » 
'Han hoMe, pi^ackHm, cry it sKboot the ft r eet » " 

Caf Some to the c o mm o n l\iJpits and cry oat» 
LAxrtyy firasiDm^ and enfranchifenitnt. 

Bm. People^ and Senators! b^ not afSighted i' 
tifiMf Sbrnd^a. Amtntfevffr debt is paid. 

Caf. Go m At FUpit, Brunts. 

Dec. And Ciifiks tao. 

Urn. WheKTiPMrtisf 

Gft. Here, ouite confounded widi this mutiny. 

Met. Stand toft together, left fbmc frienck of (ieJ2ir*$ 
Should chance^— « 

Bru. Talk not of ftanding. PuiSus good cheers 
There, is no htn» intenddd to your perfbn. 
Nor ID oo JEMMwr eUe; fo teH them, Publius. 

Caf. And leave us, Publiusy left that the people, 
Railung on ut^ flKxiId do your agie fome mifchief. 

Bm. Do io ; and let no man abide this deed; 
Bot we the Doen. 


JitMfcr X, reoouius* 

Caf. Where is Att^f 

Tre. Fled to his Houfe amaz*d. 
Men, wives, and children, fiare, cry out, and run^ 
Ai it were Dooms-day. 

Jrv. Fates! we will know your pleafures ; 
That we ihall die, we know i 'tis but the time, 
' And 

4$ Julius CjesaH. 

And drawing days out, that men Jlaiid upom 

Off. Why, he that cuts off twenty years of life, . 
Cats off fo many years of fearing death. 

Bru. Grant that, and then is death a benefit : 
So are we Cr^s friends, that have abridged 
His time of fearing death. 

Cafe. * Stoop, Rmans^ ftom; 
And let us bathe our hands in C^efw^t blood 
tJp 10 the elbows, and befmear our fwords \ 
Then walk we forth eren to the Market-pkoe^ 
And waving our red weapons o'er our heads. 
Let's all cry, *^ peacel freedom ! and liberty ! 

Caf. Stoop then, and wafii — how many ag^ hence 

SBippif^ their fivords m CaelarV Ho9i. 
Shall this our lofty Scene be aded o'er. 
In Sutes unborn, and accents yet unknown } 

BrM. How many times Aall Cffar bleed in fporty 
That now on Ptmipifz Bafis lies along, 
^o worthier than the duft i 

Caf So oft as that (hail be. 
So oicen fhall the knot of m be call*d 
TTie men that gave their country liberty. 

Dec. What, (hall we forth ? 

Caf. Ay, every man away. 
Brutus fhall lead, and we will grace his heels 
With the mofi boldeft, and beft hearts of Rama^ 

Enter a Servant. 

Bru. Soft, who comes here ? A friend of Anttmft^ 
Ser. Thus, Brutus, did my mafter bid me kneel i 
Thus did Mark Antony bid me fall down y Ibueliug^ 
And, being proftrate, thus he bad me fay. 
Brutus is noble, wife, valiant and honcft; 

3 In all the editions this fpeech is afcribed to Bratms^ 

whi^ nothing is more inconiiLlent with his miU and phflofohi* 
pil charader. Bat (as I often find fpeeches in the later eiitkis 
put into wrong mouths, different from the firft pdaiiflted hy cht 
author) I thick this liberty not uareafonaUe. Mr. IW* * 

Oiptr was mlgiiqr, royaU bold nd \wkig\ - 
Saj, r Xo^cBniius^ and I honottr him % 
Say, I feaPd Qtf/ar^ honour'd him, aad lov'd.him* 
If Brutms wiU vouch&fe chat jinknrf 
May iafely cooW'to hiim, and be refolv'd 
How Cffar hadi dcfery'd to ht in death : 
Mark Ankntjf fhall not love Csfnr dead. 
So wdl as Brutus living ; but will follow 
The fortimei and affairs. of €iichW Brutus^ 
Thorough cbe ha^atds of this uatrod State, 
Widi aU xint £Mth. So by% .H17 mafter Jnfmf, . 
fine. Thy maOcr is a wife and vajiant RnMu% 
I ^i^ver tfaoogitf him worfc. . . .. v 

Tell him, i^j^it him oooae unto this place. 
He ihali be £itisteli aiid» by. my hooonr^ 

Dqpirt ontwfih^ 

x'^i I'U iiPteh him prefencly. \E9di Smumt. 

Bru. Iknowythi^w.e.&aUhav^hiaiweUtofneiut 
Of. I Willi, we may : buC yet have I a mind, . 

That fears him much} and my mi%iving ftiU; 

Falls ihrewdly to (he purpde. 



EmUt Antony. 

Bru^ But here comes Ani<n^. Welcome, Ahrk 

O mighty Qe/ar! doft thou lye (o low f 
lire all thy conquefts, glories, triumphs, ii>oii% 
^ruok to this litde m^tfiire ? — fare thee well. 
^no#^not, Gentlemen, what you intend. 
Who clfe niiuft be let blood, who elie is rank ) 
If 1 myfelf, there is no Ifour lb fit 

deaflaft hocv} nor no iitftrument * 
^m wtirth as tbofe your fwords, made rich 
moft aoble blood of aU this world. 
ch ye^ if ye bear nc baid» - . « -^ « 
VII. E Now. 

CO * JOLfU^S CiiiSAKr. 

Now, whilft yaw purplod handr do R»k and ftnoftfab 
Fulfil your plcaf«i«. Live a ctxMifand y«ra, 
I dull not find niyfdf ib apt to die: 
^^ No place will ploafe ine fo^ na nuanc of doatfa, 
«* As here by C^efar^ and by yo» cut oflF^ 
<< The choice and maftor fpifics of cbis age. 
Bru. O Jmonf! beg ooc your death of us: 
Though now we muft appear bloody and cnidU 
As» by our h^nds, and this &w prefent a£^. 
You fee, we do^ yet fee yoobut our hand% • 
And this the bleeding buunefi they havodoAe : 
Our iiearta yoa fee no% they aie pili&4 i 
And pity to the general wrong of Rome 
(As fire drives out fire, fa pity, pity >) 
Hadi done this* deed on Q^fat: Far your pawt. 
To you our fwords have leaden points^ Mark Antwg, \ 
O&r arms exempt from malice % ^* and our hearts, 
^KQi brothers' temper, d» reeeive^ y ob in 
With all kind love, good choughtei and reveKnce. 

Caf. Your voice ihall be as ftitxig as any xsmf^ 
In the difpofing of new dignitiei. 

Bru. Only be patient, 'till we have appeased 
The multitude^ befide themfelveB witk fear; 
And then we will deliver you the caufe. 
Why I, that did love Q^far when-I ftrook him, 
I^-oceedQ4 ^bM^. 

Ant. I doubt not of youp wifdom. 
Let each man r^der ma his bloody hand,; 
Firfl:^ Marcm^ Brutu^y will I ihake wiA you \ 
Next, ,CaiHs CqUiHs^ dQl. tijftr your hand t 
Now, Vecius Brutmy yours/, mm yours^ Meklius %, 
Yours, Qw^-5. and, my^ valiant: (J^r^i^, vours» 
Tho* laft, not leaft in love^ yoors, good Treioms^ . 
Gentlemen- aJl-^^ whati (ball tfaji ? 

Mif- cre^ AP w (Mp ^ fiidi flifpery gfoundi 
That one of two. badi ways yoii) dmftl cxittcdt; m^ 

Either a coward oi. a^ tisimtm I 

. .That 

JuLltJS C^SAi. jl 

That 1 did iovt thrt, Cejdtj oh, 'tis truei 

If then thy fpirit look upon us now, 

Sball it not grieve thee, dtarer than thy deith. 

To fee thy Anlmiy making his peace. 

Shaking the bloody fingers of thy ^oes, 

Mod Noble ! in tlie prefence of thy corle ? 

Had I as many €yes, as thou haft wounds. 

Weeping as faft ^ they ftream forth thy blood. 

It would become me better, than to clofe 

In terms of friendfllip with thine enemies. 

Pardon me, Julius— here waft thou bay*d, brave hart| 

Here ciidft thou fill, and here thy hunters ftand 

SignM in thy Ipoil, Jtnd ♦crimfon*d in thy lethe. 

O world? thoti waft the fofeft to this hart, 

And this, indeed, O world, the heart of thee. 

How like a deer, ftricken by many Princes, 

Doft thou here lye? 

Caf. Mai-k MtOny—-^^ 

Jbit. Pardon me, CaiusC^us: 
The enemies of CiBfar (hall fay thiS : 
Then, in a friend. It is cold modcfty. 

Caf. I bl^me you not for praffing Ccsjar fb. 
Bat what cOmpa£b mean you tb have with us? 
Will you be prickM in number of our friends, 
* Or ihaW'^t on^ and not depend on you ? 

Jnt. Therefore I took your hands j but was, indeed, 
SwayM frbm th6 point, by looking down on Ctfar^ 
Friends am I with yoQ all, and love you all ; 
Upon this hopij that you (hall give me reafbns. 
Why, and Whfe'reiri cJfdr was dangerous. 

4 crimfQiCd in thy Lethe.] Mr. Tbtobaid kys, Thi diai§^ 

nmrits ae know ledge no/ucb ^word as Lethe; yet he is not 'withoui 
fitfptfition^ that Shakefpear c§in*d the *word j and yet for all that^ 
the L. might he a D. impirftQfy mirote^ therefore he luill ha*vi 
detth infiead 6f U. AfUr all this pcther» Lethe wSs a common 
• French ^ord, iigfufymg death or deflruBion^ from the latin. //- 
t)mwu So In Anthiiny and Cleopatra he fays, 

— — £V« to a lethiM dulnefs. 
i. e. deadly. 

E 2 Bru. 

^2 Julius Cjesak. 

Bru. Or elfe th h were a (kvage fpeftacle. 
Our reafons are. lb full of good regard, 
That were you, Antony^ the Son of Gf/&r, 
You fhould be fatisficd. 

Ant. That's all I feek \ 
And am moreover fuitor, that I may 
Produce his body to the market-place. 
And in the Pulpit, as becomes a friend. 
Speak in the order of his funeral. 
Bru. You (hall, Mark Antony. 
Caf. BrutuSj a word with you. 
You know not what you do 5 do not confcnt, [Afide. 
That Antony fpeak in his funeral : 
Know you, how much the People may be mov'd 
By That which he will utter ? 

Bru. By your pardon, 
I will myfelf into the Pulpit firft. 
And (hew the rcafon of our Cefar's death. 
What Antony (hall fpeak, I will protcft 
He fpeaks by leave, and by permidion : 
And that we are contented, Cafar (hall 
Have all due rites, and' lawful ceremonies: 
It (hall advantage more, than do us wrong. 
Caf. I know not what may fall, I like it not. 
Bru. Mark Antony^ here, take you Ccefar's body : 
You (hall not in your funeral fpeech blame us. 
But fpeak all good you can devife of Cafar ; 
And fay, you do't by our permi(rion : 
Elfe (hall you not have any hand at all 
About his fiinera!. And you (hall fpeak 
In the fame Pulpit whereto I am going. 
After my fpeech is ended. 

Ant. Be it fo ; 
I do dcfire no more. 

Bru. Prepare the body then, and follow us. 

[^Exeunt Confpirators. 



Julius CiESAR. 53 


Manet Antony^ 

Alt. O pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth' 
That I am meek and gentle with the^ butchers. 
Thou art the ruins of the nobleft man. 
That ever lived in the tide of times. 
Woe to the hand, that fhed this coftly blood ! 
Over thy wounds now do I prophefie, 
(Which, like dumb mouths, do ope their ruby lips. 
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue) 
A curfe fhall light ^ upon the line of men ; 
Domcftick fiiry, and fierce civil flxife. 
Shall cumber all the parts of Itafy ; 
Biood and deftruftion (hall be fo in ufc. 
And dreadful objefts fo familiar. 
That mothers fhall but fmile, when they behold 
Their infants quartered by the hands of war : 
AU pity choak'd with cuftomof fell deeds; 
** And CWZrr's fpirit, ranging for revenge, 
** With Me by his fide come hot from hell, 
*' Shall in thefe confines, with a Monarch's voice, 
** Cry Havock, and let flip the Dogs of war; 
That this foul deed fhall fmell above the earth 
With carrion men, groaning for buriah 

Enter Odavius'j Servant. 

You fcrvc OSiaiHus Cafar^ do you not ? 
Ser. I do, MarkAnttnvf. 

, JbU. Cajar did write for him to come to Rome. 

\ Ser. He did receive his letters, and is coming; 
And bid me fay to you by word of mouth — ^ 
C^far! [Seeing the Body^ 

J ^^^^mp^n tbi limbs »/ men;} We ihoald read, 

« LIMB vf mini 

i. e« hwnaB race. 

E 3 Ant. 

54- Julius Cjesar. 

Ant. Thy heart is big, get thee apart and weep \ 
Paffion I fje is catching; for mine eyes. 
Seeing thole Beads of forrow ftand in thine, 
Began to water. Is thy mafter coming ? 
. Ser. He lyes to night within fcyen leagues pf I^qm^^ 

Ant. Pod back y^ith fpecd, and tcjl him wb^t bath 
Here is a mourninjg Rome^ a dangerous Rotn^^ 
No RGfi}e of fafcty for Oilavius yet 5 
Hie hence, and tell him fo. Yet ftay a while ; 
Tho^ fhalt not back, 'till I have borne this cqrfe 
Into the market-place: there (hall I try 
In my Oration, how the people t^ke 
The cruel iflbe of tbcfe bloody men j 
According to the which, thou Ihalt difcourfe 
To young OSavius of the ftate of things. 
Lend me your band, [Exeunt with Csclar'j bo^^ 


Changes, to the Porum. 

Enter Brutus, and mounts the Roftra ; CafTius, vnth 

the Plebeians. 

Pkb. \X7 E will be fatisficd j let us be fatisfied. 

W £ru. Then follow me, and give me 
audience, friend^. 
Cajftus^ go ypu into the other ft^ect. 
And part the numbers: 

Thole, that will hear me fpeak, let *^m ftay hf r^ ; 
Thofe, that will follow Cajfius^ go with him i 
And publick reafbns ihall be rendered 
Of Qpfar'% death, ' 

I'Pleh. I will hear Brutus fpeak, 
I Pleb. I will bear CaJ/ius^ and compare their 



Julius C^saH. 5^ 

When lev^iully we! hear dien rendered. 

lExU CaOkiSi iviii fom of the Plebeians. 
Pleh. 3 The noble Btutus is afcended : iUeiice { - 
Bru. Be mcienc 'till the laft. 
R^mam^ ^ CouiHrytnen, and Lov«n ! hear nae for 
my GUife ; tnd be (ilenc, that you may hear* Believt 
me for mine honour, and have refpeft to mine honour, 
dut you may believe. Cenfure me in your ^t^ifdom, 
Md awake your ienfei, that you may die better judge. 
If there be any in this aflembly, any dear friend of 
Qtfar% to him I fay, that BriUus^t bve to Gf/Sb* 
was no lefs than kis. If then that friend demand^ 
why Brutus rofe a^inft Orfar^ this is my Anfwer: 
Not chat I lov*d Cafar lefs, but that I bv'd Rnm 
more. Had you rather defar were living, and 6yt 
all flaves ; than that Cafiir were dead, to live all 
finoe-nnen? h%Ciefdr lov'd me, I weep for him& as 
he was fortunate, I rejoice at its as he was valiant, 
I honour him ; but as he was ambitious, I flew him. 
There are tears for his love, joy for his fortune, 
honour for his valour, and death for his ambition. 
WhoTs here fo bale, that would be a bond- nun i If 
any, fpeak ; for him have I ofiended. Who's here 
ib rude, that would not be a Rpuum ? if any, fpeak ; 
for him hare I offended. Who is here (b vile, that 
will not love his Country ? if any, fpeak; for him 
have I oficodcd*— *I paufe for a Reply— 

6 -— C0tfff/i7«/jr and lAvsrs ! &c.] There is no where, in 
all Sbaie/^ear\ works, a ftroneer proof of his not being what we 
Gail a fcholar, cJlani this ; or o7 his not knowing any thing of the 
genias of learned and^fucy. This fpeech of Brutus is wrote in inio 
tatioQ of his hmtd laconic bn&vhy, and is very ftoe in its kind. But 
ao more like that brevity, than his times were like Srutu/s, TJae 
ancient laconic brevity was fimple, natural and eafy : this it 

Joaint, artificial, gingling, and aboanding with forced antithefis^s. 
n a word a bvevity, chat for its &lfe eloquenoe would have fuited 
any chaiader, and for its good fenfe would have become 'the 
greatcft of oor author^s tiokt > but yet, in a ilile of declaiming, 
that fits as ill upon Brutus as our au thorns trowfers or collar- band 
would have done, 

E4 M 

56 Julius Cesar. 

All. None, BruiuSy none. 

Bru. Then none have I ofiended-^I have done no 
more to C^far^ than you |(hall do to Brutus. The 
queftion of his death is inroll'd in the Capitol } his 
glory not extenuated, wherein he was worthy; nor 
his offences enforc'd, for which he fufiered death. 

J&rr^rMark Antony with Caefar*s body. 

Here comes his body, mourn'd by Mark Antony ; who, 
though he had no hand in his death, fliall receive the 
benefit of his dying, a place in the Commonwealth ; 
as which of you (hall not ? With this I depart^ that 
as I flew my beft lover for the good of Rome ; I have 
the fame dagger for myfelf, when it (hall pkafc my 
Country to need my death. 

jlU. LivCy Bruius^ live! live!* 

X Pleb. Bring him with triumph home unto his boufe. 

2 Pkb. Give him a flatue with his Anceflors% 

3 Pleb. Let him be Ceefar. 

4 Pkb. Cafar^s better Parts 
Shall be crawn*d in Brutus. 

I Pleb. We'll bring him to his houfe with (bouei 
and clamours. 

Bru. My Countrymen ■ 

z Pleb. Peace ! filcnce I Brutus fpeaks. 

I Pleb. Peace, ho ! 

Bru. Good Countrymen, let me depart alone. 
And, for my fake, flay here with Antony ; 
Do grace to Cefar's corps, and grace his fpeech 
Tending to Cafar*s glories \ which Mark Antotiy 
3y our permiflion is allow'd to make. 
I do intreat you, not a man depart. 
Save I alone, till Antony have fpoke. {Exit, 

S C E N E VI. 

I PUb. Stay, ho, and let us hear Mark Antony. 
3 PUb. Let him go up into the publick Chair, \ 



ToLius Casar. c 

•r w' / 

We'll hear him : nMeJnfcny^ go up. 

^/. For Bruins* fake, I am beholden to you. 
4 P/fi. What does he fay of £r»/«^ ? 

3 PiSp^. He lays, for Brutus* fake 
He finds himfelf beholden to us all 

4 Pkb. 'Twere bcft be fpeak no harm of Brutus 


1 Pkb. This Cafar was a Tyrant. 
3 PA;^. Nay, that's certain ; 

We are bkft, that Rme is rid of him. 

2 P/f^. Peace ; let us hear what ^^^ can fay. 
Ant* You gentle Rofmnts^—^ 

' jf//. Peace, ho, let us hear him. 
Att. Friends, Rmausy Cbuntrymen^ lend me your 

I come to bury Cafar^ not to praife him. 
The EviL that men do, lives after them ; 
The GooQ is oft interred with their bones ; 
So let it be with Cafar ! noble Brutus 
Hath told you, Qejar was ambitious i 
If it were lb, it was a grievous fault i 
And grievoufly hath C^Jar anfwer*d it. 
Here, under leave of Brutus^ and the reft^ 
(For Brutus is an honourable man. 
So are they all, all honourable men) 
Come I to fpeak in Cefar's funeral. 
He was my friend, faithful and juft to me % 
But Brutus fays, he was ambitious *, 
And Brutus is an honourable man. 
He hath brought many captives home to Roms^ 
Whole ranfbms did the general cofiers fill ; 
Did this in Ce/ar Icem ambitious ? 
When that the poor have cry'd, de/ar hath wept ; 
Ambition ihould be made of ftemer duff. 
Yet Brutus lays, he was ambitious ; 
And Brutus is an honourable man. 
You all did (ee, that, on the Lupercal, 


^8 Julius Cmsah. 

I thrice prefenced kim a kitsglv crown i 

Whidi he did thrice reftifc. Was this 

Yet Brutus (ays, he was ambitious ; 

And, fure, he is an honour^^Ie man. 

I fpeak not, to difprove what Brutus fpoke^ 

But here I am to ipeak what I do know. 

You all did love him once, not without caule: 

What caufe withholds you then to mourn for him ? 

judgment ! thou art fled to brutifh beads. 
And men have loft their realbn — bear with me^ 
My heart is in the coffin there with Qeforj 
And I muft paufe Hill it come back to me. ( 

1 Pkb. Methinks, there is much reafon in his 

If thou confidcr righdy of the matter, 
7 Cefar has had great wrong. 

3 Plek Has he, Mafters? I fear ther^ will a worfb 
come in* his place. 

4 Pkb. Mark*d ye his words i he would not take 
the crown ; 

Therefore, 'cis certain, he was not ambitious. 

1 Pleb. If it be found fo, fome will dear abide it. 

2 Plii. Poor foul I his eyes are red as fins with 

3 Pleb. There's not a nobler man in Rome than 

7 Caefar has ha J great 'wroKg.'} 3 Pleb. Cxfar tad never 
nvronr but ^withjuft caufe. If ever there was fuch a line written 
by S bake/pear ^ I fhouki fancy it m^ht have its place here» and 
very humoarouny in the cbara6ler ot a Plebeian. One migbt be- 
lieve Ben yohnjott^s remark was made upon no better cre<uc (ban 
fome blander of an a6lor in fpeaking that verfe near the begmoing 
of the third a£l, 

Kno*w, Cxfar ifetb not wrong ; nor initibokt eaufe 
Will U be Jmthfied. 

But the verfe, as cited bj Mm Johnfim^ does not couieA with 
Will be be Satisfied. Perhaps thu play was never prints in 
Ben JehnfofC^ time, and fo he had nothing to judge by but a& tl^e 
a^ pleafed to fpeak i(. Mr. F^. 


Junuj Casar. 59 

4 Pki. NoWf iiHrk him, he b^ios to fpeak. 
JbL ^ But yccfterdajF the word of C^/rr might 

< Have ftcx)d againft the world i now lies he thei«, 

* And none fo poor to do him reverence. 

* O mafters! if 1 were difpos'd to ftir 

* Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage, 

< I ihould do Bruius wrong, and Cajius wrons ; 

* Who, you all know, are honoMrable men. 
^ I will not do them wrong : I rather chufe 

* To wrong the dead, to wrong myfeif and you ; 

* Than I will wrong fijch honourable men. 

* But here's a parchment with the feal of Qejar^ 

* I found it in his clofet, 'tis his Will ; 

< Let but the CooiOKins hear this Teftament, 

* f Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read) 

' And they would go and kifi dead Qefm*% wounds, 
' And dip their napkins in his facred blood ; 

* Yea, beg a hair of him for memory, 

^ And dying, mention it within their Wilis, 

* Bequeathing it as a rich legacy 
^ Unto their ifloe. 

4 Pkb. We'll hear the Will, road it, MarkAnionf. 
Ml. The Wi«, the Will j we will hear Cafar^ 


4ja. ^ Have patience, gentk friends, I muft not 

read it; 
It is not meet you know how Cafar lov'd you. 
You arc not wood, you are not ftones, but men: 
And, beio^ men, hearing the Will of Cafar^ 
It will inflame you, it will make you mad. 
'TisgQod you know nor, that you are his bsips\ 
For if ypu Ihould — O what would come of it ? 
^Pleb. Read the Will, we will hear it, jintonfi 
You (hall read us the Will, Ctr/jr^s Will 
ArU. ^ Will you be patient ? will you ftay a while ? 

* ( I have o'cr-fhot myfelf, to tell you of it. ) 

* I fear, I wrong the honourable men, 

• Whofc 

6o Jotius Cmsah. 

• Whofc daggers have fiabVd Cafar — I do fear it. 

4 Pleb. They were traitors honourable men ! 

JU. The Will! the Tettamcnt ! 

2 Pleb. They were villains, murtherers •, the W ill ! 
read the Will. 

Jni. ' You will compel me then to read the Will ? 

• Then make a ring about the corps of Cefar^ 

• And let mc (hew you liim, that made the Will 
< Shall I defcend? and will you give me leave ? 

JIL Come down. 

2 Pleb. Defcend. [He comes down from the pulpit. 

3 Pleb, You (hall have leave. 

4 Pleb, A ring -, ftand round. 

1 Pleb. Stand from the hearfe, ftand from the 


2 Pleb. Room for Anionf — moft noble Antony. 
Ant. Nay, prefs not fo upon me, Itand far oif. 
Ail. Stand back — room — bear back'— — 

AnU ^ If you have tears, prepare to flied them now. 
You all do know this mantle } I remember. 
The firft time ever Oejar put it on, 
'Twas on a fummer*s evening in his tent, 
' That day he overcame the Nervi i 
Look ! in this place, ran Cajftus^ dagger through ;-^ * 
See, what a rent the envious Cafca made.' ■ ^ 
Through this, the well-beloved Brutus ftabb'd j 
And as he pluckM his curfcd fteel away, 
Mark, how the blood of Cafar followed it! 
As rufhing out of doors, to be refolv'd. 
If Brutus io unkindly knock'd, or no ? 
^ For Brutus^ as you know, was Cafar* ^ angel. 

8 7Z'/j/ day be overcame the Nervii — ] Here Shakeffear^ dc- 
fcribing a great Genera!, makes him put on bis new habit, or 
jobcs of triumph, after his victory. Homer defer ibing a 'vaiH- 
glorious one, makes him put them on bctote the fight, and while 
he only expected to overcome. 

* Judge, 

Julius Cjesar, 6i 

Judge, oh yoq Gods ! how dearly Oefar lovM him } 

This, this, was the unkindeft cut of all ; 

For when the noble C£far £iw him (tab. 

Ingratitude, more ftrong than traitors* arms. 

Quite vanqui(h'd him ; then burft his mighty heart : 

And, in his mantle muffling up his face. 

Which all the while ran blood, great Gtr/Zrr fell, 

9 Even at the Bafc of Pompefs Statue. 

O what a fall was there, my countrymen ! 

Then L and you, and all of us fell down : 
Whilft bloody treafon flourifh'd over us; 
O, now you weep; and, I perceive, you feel 
The dint of pity ; thefe are gracious drops. 
Kind fouk ! what, weep you when you but behold 
Our Cafar's vefture wounded ? look you here ! 
Here is himfelf, marr'd, as you fee, by traitors. 

1 Pleb. O piteous fpeftacle ! 

2 Pleb. O noble Cafar! 

3 Pleb. Owoful day! 

i 4 pub. O traitors, villains ! 

1 I Pki. O moft bloody fight ! 

z Pleb. We will be rcveng'd : revenge : about—— 
fcek — burn — fire -kill — flay I let not a traitor live. 
Ant. Stay, Countrymen 
I Pleb. Peace there, hear the noble Anionjf. 
1 Pleb. We'll hear him, we'll follow him, we'll die, 
with him." 
Jnt. * Good friends, fweet friends, let me not ftir 
you up 

9 Sirem at the Baft of Pompey's Statue, 

WbUb all the 'while ran blood, great QvXss felL'\ fhtarch 
cdls us 9 that C^far received many woands in the 6ce on this 
occafioD, fo that it might be faid to run blood. Bat, in dead of 
chat, the Statue, in this reading, and not the face, is (aid to do 
lb ; it if plain thefe two lines fhould be tranfpofed : And then thf 
lefleftion, which follows, 

O Hjohat afall*was there 
is satofal, lamenting rhc difgrace of being at lail fubdiied in that 
quarrel in which he had been compleat vidor. 

• To 

62 Julius CiftSAR. 

Ta fuch a fudden flodd of mutinjT : 
They, chdc have done this deed, are honobrabte. 
What privatcf griefa they have, alas^ I know ndt^ 
That made them do it : they are wife and honour* 

And will, no doubc^ with reafoh anTwdr yob. 
I come not, friends, to fteal aWay your hearts ; 
I am no Orator, as Brutus is : 
But, as you know me aH| a plain blunt man. 
That love my friend j and that they know full #ell. 
That give me publick leave to fpealk of him : 
For I have neither wit, nor words, Aor iioft\ 
A£tion nor uttVancc,- nor the poWer of fpcech. 
To ftir men's blood ; I only fpeak right on. 
I cell you that, which yoQ your felves do know $ 
Shew you fweet Cajiar*^ wounds, poor, poof, dutilb' 

mouths ! 
And bid them fpeak for n\e. Bat were ( Bruins^ 
And Brutus^ Antony^ there were an Jniohy 
Would ruffle up your fpirits, and put i toitgue 
In every wound of QefoTy that Ihould Aibve 
The ftones of Rome to rife and mutiny. 
AIL We'll mutiny— ^ 
I Pkb. We'll bum the houfe of Brutus. 
g Pkb. Away then^ oomey feck the cohfpiratoA. 
Ant. Yet hear me, Countrymen | yet heaf me 

• AIL Peace, ho, hcdX A^ttony^ mod noh\t Atetmfy. 
Ant. Why, friends, you go to do you know not 

Wherein hath Cafar thusdefcrv'd your loves? 

Alas, you know not; I muft tell you then : 

Too have forgot the Will, I told you of. 

AIL Moft true— the Will— let's ftay and hear the' 

Ant. Here is the Will, and under dejar^^ fcal. 

To ov'ry Rman citizeh he gives. 



To cv'ry fcv^ral ma», fev^nty five drachma's. 

2 Pleb. Mod noble Csfar! well revenge his death. 

3' Pki. O royal C^ij^ / 

AtU. Hear me with patience* 

AU. Pcace^ ho! 

.^fi/. Moreover, he hath ]eft you all his walks» 
His private arbours, and nevr-planted orchank^ 
On that fide I'iber ; he hath left them you. 
And to your heirs far ever ; common pfeaiuret^ 
To walk abroad, and recreate your felves, 
Hci^ Was a Qefat^ when comes fuch another ? 
I Pkb. Never, never; come, away, awayi 
"We'll bum his body in the holy place^ 
And with the brands fire all the traitors* hoofes. 
Take up the body. 

Pkb. Go, mch fire. 

J Pleh. Pluck down benches. 

4 Pkb. Pluck down forms, windows, any thing. 

[Exma Plebeians with the hoif, 
Nbw let it work \ Mifchief, thou art afoot. 
Take thou.whac oourie thou wilt !-~How now, fellow I 

Enter a Servant. 

Ser. Offaoius is already come to Rome. 

jtnt. Where is he ? 

Ser. He and Lepidus are at Cejat^s houfe. 

jfyi. And thither will I (Iraight to vifit him ^ 
He comes upon a wifh. Fortune is merry. 
And in this mood will give us any thing. 

Ser. I heard him fay, Brutui and G^s 
Are ridv like madmen, through the gates of Rofne. 

Am. Belike, they had ibme notice of the people. 
How I had mov'd diem. Bring me to Offavius. 



6-1. Julius Caesar. 


Enter Cinna the Poety and after him the Plebeians. 

Qn. I dreamt to night, that I did feaft with Cffar^ 
' And things unluckey charge my fantafie; 
I have no will to wander forth of doors : 
Yet fomething leads me forth. 

iPkb. What is your name ? 

2 Pleb. Whither are you going ? 

3 Pleb. Where do you dwell ? 

4 Pleb. Are you a married man, or a batchelor ? 

2 Pkb. Anfwer every man, dircdlly. 

1 Pkb. Ay, and briefly. ' 
4 Pkb. Ay, and wifely. 

3 Pkb. Ay, and truly, you were beft. 

Gn. What is my name? whither am I going? 
where do I dwell ? am I a married man, or a batche- 
lor? then to anfwer every man diredkly and briefly, 
wifely and truly; wifely, Ilay 1 am a batchelor. 

2 Pkb. *^ That*$ as much as to fay, they are fooit 
^ that marry ; you'll bear me a bang for chat, I fear % 
** proceed direftly. 

Gn. Dirc£tly, I am going to Cafar\ funeral. 

1 Pleb. As a friend, or an enemy ? 
Cin. As a friend. 

2 Pleb. That matter is anfwer*d diredUy. 

4 Pleb. For your dwelling ; briefly. 
tin. Briefly, 1 dwell by the Capitoi. 

3 Pleb. Your name, Sir, truly, 
Gn. Truly, my name is Cinna. 

1 Pleb. Tear him to pieces, he's a confpirator. 
Gn, I am Cima the poet, I am Gnna the poeCi 

I And things unluckily charge my fantafie %\ Both for the (ak« 
of the fexife and mtafure we (hould read» 

And thing unluckcy cbargt myfantafie^ 

i.e. unluckey things; for the ancient fuperiUtion divided thii^ 

into hcl^ aad nnlLckey. 

4 PUb, 

Julius CjssARr 65 

4 Pkb. ** Tear him for his bad yerfes, tear him 
<* for his bad verfes. 
Cin. I am not Gnna the confpirator. 
4 Pkb. It is no matter, his name's Cinna ; pluck 
but his name out of his heart, and turn him going. 
3 Pkb. Tear him, tear him 5 come, brands, ho, 
To Brutus^ to Caffius^ burn all. Some to Decm*% 

And fome to Cafca^Sj Ibme to Ligarms : away, go. 


A C T IV, S C E N E I. 

Enter Antony, O^vius, and Lepidus. 


THESE many then fliall die, their names are 
OS. Your brother too muft die ; confent you, i>-. 

pidks f 
Lep. I do confent. 
08. Prick him down, Antotg. 
Lep. Upon condition, Publius Ihall not live ; 
Who is your fitter's fon, Mark Animrf. 
Ant. He Ihall not live ; look, with a fpot I damnj 
Bat, Ltpidus^ go you to Oefar^s houfei 
Fetch the Will hither, and we ihall determine 
How to cut oflPfome charge in legacies. 
Lep. What ? fliall I find you here ? 
OS. Or here, or at the Capitol. [Exit Lepidusi 
Ant. This is a flight, unmeritable, man. 
Meet to be fent on errands : is it fit. 
The three- fold world divided, he fliould ftand 
Vol. Vlli F One 

66 Julius Cits A R. 

One of the three to fhare it ? 

03. So you thought him ; 
And took his voice who (houk) be prickt to die^ 
In dur black ientence and profcription. 

An$. Offaviusj 1 have feen more days than you ; 
And though we lay theie Iionours on this man, 
To eafe our felves of divers (land'rous loads ; 
He ihall but bear them, as the a(s bears gold. 
To groan and fweat under the bufinefs. 
Or led or driven, as we point the way s 
Andy having brought our treafure where we will. 
Then take we down his load, and turn him ofF, 
Like to the ehipty a(s, to fhake his ears. 
And graze in commons. 

Oif. You may do your will % 
But he*s a try'd and valiant (bldier. 

ylnS. So is my horfe, Oifavrus : and, for that, 
I do appoint him (lore of provender. 
It is a creature thdt I teach to fight, * 

To wind, to Hop, to run directly on ; 
His corporal motion governed by my fpirit. 
And, in fothe tafle, is Lepidus but fo ; 
He mud be taught, and traln'd, and bid go forth i 
A barren-fpiritcd fellow, one that feeds 
On {a) abje6l Orts, and imitations : 
Which, out of ufe, and ftai'd by other men. 
Begin hb falfajoa. Donot talk of him^ 
But as a property. And now, OSavius^ 
Liften great things— fir«//w and Cqffius \ 

Are levying powers ; we inuft ftraight make head. 
Therefore let our alltanee be combined ; 
Our bed friends made, and our beft means ftreteht oat } 
And let us prefently go fir in council. 
How covert matters may be beft difdosM, 
And open perils &reft anfwered. 

{[a) ahjtaOrU, Mr. Tbeotald. — Vulg. ^ij/zi^i, arts,} 


Julius CiEsAit* 67 

O8. Let us do fo ; ibr we are at the ftake» 
And hay'd about with many enemies : 
And feme, that fmile, have in their hearts^ I fear. 
Millions of mifchiefs. {Exeunt. 

Before Bratus'x Tent^ in the Camp near Sardis. 

Dnm. Enter Brutus, Luciilus, trndfoUien : Titimw 

and Pindanis pieeiixg them. 

&».CTAND, ho! 

^ ijte. Give the word, ho ! and ftand I 

Bru. What now, Lucilius ? is Cqfpus near ? 

Imc. He is at bimd, and Pindarus is come 
To do you &lutation from his mafter. 

Em. He greets me well. Your mafter, PiTfdaras^ 
' In his own charge, or bv ill officers, 
IbA given me fome wortny cauie to wi(Ii 
Things done, undone ^ but if he be at hand, 
I ifaall be (atisfied. 

Pin. I do not doubt. 
Bat that my noble mafter will appear, 
Soch as he is, full of regard and honour. 

Bru. He is not doubted. A word, LueiUus -"-^ 
How he received you, let me be refolv'd. 

1 h bis 9WM. cbaBK ^ h *^^ ^ffictrs^ TUe Anfe of whndi is 
ft, Either jonr nu^er^ hy the change of bis nnrtmus^ nature ^er 
iy bis oficers abxtfing the power be bad intrufied to tbem^ bath done 
fime tbingi Icouid nnijb undone. This implies a doubt wfctch of 
tlw two was the cafe. Yet, ioiiiiedialdy after, on Fyidansi\ {x%* 
\a%^ His mafier 4im» fiUl of regard and boneur^ Jhe i^ies, be i$ 
not ^mbtsd. To lecoocile this we (hould nad» 

In bis own cHAacB, or by ill off€er$, 
L e. either h tbofe under bis immediate eosnufe^^ or under tf^i 
eommand of bis lieutenants who bad abafed their' truff. Charge 
is ib afnal a wind In ^bakej^ietr^ to figoiiy die fdttH committtd 
to themll pfa c^maumder,. ^t I t^ink it|ifedlqfeco|^re a^y 

F % Imc, 


Imc. With courtefie, and with refped enough \ 
But not with fiich familiar inftances. 
Nor with fuch free and friendly conference. 
As he hath us'd of old. 

Bru. Thou haft dcfcrib'd 
A hot friend cooling ; ever note, LuciUus^ 
When love begins to ficken and decay. 
It ufeth an enforced ceremony. 
There are no tricks in plain, and fimple faith : 
But hollow men, like horfes hot at hand, 
Make gallant Ihew and promife of their mettle ; 
But when they fhould endure the bloody fpur. 
They fall their creft, and, like deceitful jades^ 
Sink in the tryal. Comes his army on ? 

Luc. They mean this night in Sardis to be quartered i 
The greater part, the horfe in general, come with Cqffms. {Low march witbin. 

Enter CaiSus and foldiers. 

Bru. Hark| he is arriy'd i 
March gently on to meet him. 

Caf. Stand, ho ! 

Bru. Stand, ho ! fpeak the word along. 

mthin. Stand! 
. Wttbin. Stand! 

mtbin. Stand! 

Caf. Moft noble brother, yoq have done me wrong. 

Bru. Judge me, you Gods! wrong I mine enemies? 
And, if not fo, how ihould I wrong a brother ? 

Caf. Brutus^ this fober form of yours bides wrongs. 
And when you do them 


Bru. Cc^s^ be content. 
Speak your griefs foftly, I do know you well. 
Before the eyes of both our armies here, 
(Which Ihould perceive nothing, but love, from us) 
Let. us not wrangle. Bid them move away ; 
Then in my Tent, Caffius^ enlarge your griefs. 


Julius CiESAR. 69 

And I will give you audience. 

Caf. Piwdarusy 
Bid our commanders lead their charges off 
A little from this ground, 

Bru. LuciliuSf do the like ; and let no man 
G>me to our tent, 'till we have done our conference. 
Let Lucius and Titinius guard the door. [^Exeunt. 


Changes to the Infide of Brutus'j Tent. 

Re-enier Brutus a/Id Caffius. 

C^ ^T^ H AT you have wrong'd me, doth appear 

X in this, 

Tou have cond«mn'd and noted Lucius Pella^ 
For taking bribes here of the Sardians ; 
Wherein, my letter (praying on his fide, 
Becaufe I knew the man,) was flighted of. 

Bru. You wrong*d your felf to write in fuch a cafe. 

Caf, In fuch a time as this, it is not meet 
That * cv'ry nice ofFcnce fhould bear its comment. 

Bru. Yet let me tell you, Caffius^ you your fcif 
Are much condemned to have an itching palm \ 
To fell and mart your offices for gold, 
To undcfervCTs. 

Caf. 1 an itching palm i 
You know, that you are Brutus^ that fpeak this ; 
Of) by the Gods, this fpe^h were elfe your laft. 

Bru. The name of Cajius honours this corruption. 
And chaftifement doth therefore hide its head. 

Caf. Chaftifement!—— [member! 

Bru. " * Remember Marcb^ the Ides of March re- 

« Did 

a — — •vVjr iiice offic qce ' ij i ] /. e. finall trifling tofFence. 

3 RmemhirM9S^9 ^c* 

Jfbat villain touched hit hody^ that didfiah^ 
And not forjujlice f ] The thought here is infinitely 

F 3 nobles 

70 Julius CiESAR. 

•* Did not great Julius bleed for juftice fake ? 
^' What villain couch'd his body, that did Ilab, 
^< And not for juftice ? what, Uiall one of us, 
^' That ftruck the foremoft man of all this worJd, 
^^ But for fupporting robbers ; (hall we now 
^^ Contaminate our fingers with bafe bribes ? 
^* And fell the mighty fpace of our large honours 
•* For lb much trafh, as may be grafped thus? — 
^^ ^ I bad rather be a dog, and bay the moon, 
♦* Than fuch a Roman. 

Caf. Brulus^ bay not me, 
rU not endure it ; you forget your fclf, 
To hedge me in -, I an^ a foldier, I, 
Older in praftice, abler than your felf 
To make conditions. 

Bru. ' Go to ; you are not CaUhts. 


noble ; yet by reason of the laconic brevity here reprefentecL it it 
obfcure. We mirft imagine Brutus fpeaking to this eiFc&» Remem^ 
her the ides of March, 'when n»g bad m cau/t ik katid, fi great 
and fauSified that the mofi corrupt miM, inttnt 9n!y an the ptilic^ 
cafi afidi allpri*uate rtgardt^ engaged in the eauft pf liberty^ and 
fiahd for jufiicc : remember too, that this is but tbi fame canfr 
continued i all corrupt and prinjati moti«U€s jbould be tberefore 
^egle&ed and dejpifed. This is the fcnfe, in which the dignity of 
the fentimcnt» and the propriety of it to the cafe in hand, ate alto^ 
gether worthy the charadUr of the fpeaker. 
4 Ibad rather be a dog^ and bay the moon, 

^ban fuch a 'RomdjiA The poets and common people, who 
generally think and fpeak alike, fuppofe the Aog bays the moon 
out of envy to its brightnefs ; an allafion to this notion mako the 
beauty of the paffage ^ in quefiion % Brutus hereby infwnates a 
covert accuiation againfl his friend, that it was only envy at 
C^far^s glory which fet CaJ^us on confpiring againft him i and 
ancient hiftory ieems to countenance fuch a charge. Cajfius under** 
ftocd him in this fenfe, and with much confcious pride retorts the 
charge by a like infinuation> 

■ ■ Brutoi, haynotrnt. 

I G$f\ you are not Caffius.] We are not to nnderlfand this as 
V frutus had faid, Tou are not an able foUier^ which wonid be 
wrangling on a cfaiUiih c[aeftion beneath the charaftcr of Brutus, 


Julius CiESAR* jt 

Caf. I am. 

£ru. I lay, you arc not. 

C^. Urge me no more, I fhall forger my (elf— 
Have mind upon your health — tempt me no farther. 

Bru. Away, flight man I 

Caf. Is't poffible ? . 

Bru. Hear me, for I will fpeak. 
Muft I give way and room to your raih choler ? 
**' Shall I be frighted, when a madman ftares ? 

Caf. O Gods ! ye Gods ! mufl: I endure all this f 

Bru. All this! ay, more. Fret, 'till your proud 
heart break ; 
*^ Go, (hew your (laves how cholerick you are, 
** And make your bondmen tremble. Muft I budge ? 
Muft I ob(erve you ? muft 1 (land and crouch 
Under your tefty humour ^ by the Gods, 
You (hall digeft the venom of your fpleen. 
The* it do fplit you : For, from this day forth, 
ni afe yOQ for my mirth, yea, for my laughter, 
When you are wafpilh. 

Caf. Is it come to this ? 

Bru. You fay, you are a bctti?r foldier; 
Let it appear fo ; make your Vaunrlng true. 
And it Dull pleale me well. For mine own part, 
I Ihall be glad to learn of noble men. 

Caf You wrong me every way— -you wrong nie, 
Brutus ; 
I (aid, an elder foldier ; not a better. 
Did I (ay, better i 

Bru. If you did, I care not 

Ob the contrary, when CaJJtus had made To anbecoming a boaft, 
Bruiuj^ in his repl/t only repro/es him for degeneracy : And he 
coold not do it in words more pathecic than in faying. Ton are 
mot Caffias ; i. e. Ton an ho longer that 6ra*ve, difinterefted^ 
fhilofifbic Cafiius, i\>boJe cbaraSer 'was made up of honour and 
fmirioii/mi tut a/e Junk down to the impotencj and corrttftion tf 
$bi timts^ 

F 4 Caf. 

7? Julius C<£saiu 

Caf. When Cdsfar liv'd, he durft not thus have 
mov'd me. 

Bru. Peace, peace, you durft not ib have tempted 

Caf. I durft not 1 — ^ , 

Bru. No. 

Ctf/ What ? durft not tempt him ? 

Bru. For your life you durft not. 

Caf. Do not prefume too much upon my love ; 
I may do that, I fhall be forry for.- 

Bru. You have done that, you Ihould be forry for. 
«* There is no terror, CaJJius^ in your threats % 
^^ For I am armfd lb ftrong in honefty. 

That they pafs by me, as the idle wind. 

Which I refpcft not. I did fend to you 

For certain fums of gold, which you deny*d me ; 
*' For I can raife no money by vile means ; 
<* By heaven, I had rather coin my heart, 
** And drop my blood for drachma's, ^ than to wring 
^' From the hard hands of peafancs their vile trafli| 
^^ By any Indiredion. I did fend 
*' To you for gold to pay my legions, 
<< Which you denied me; was that done like Caffius? 
<« Should 1 have anfwer*d Caius Caffius fo? 
«« When Marcus Brutus grows fo covetous, 
«< To lock fuch rafcal counters fi-om his friends, 
*' Be ready, Gods, with all your thunderbolts, 
'* DaQi him to pieces. 

Caf. I dcny*d you not. 

Bru. You did. 

Caf. I did not — he was but a fool. 


than to wring 

From the hard bands of fiafants their n)iU trajSb,} This it 
a noble fentiment, altogecher in charader, and expreflfed in t 
manner inimitably happy. For to wring, implies f)oth to get 
unjt^y, and to ^(t force in getting: And hard hands figoif/ 
both the peafant^s great labour and faisu in acquiring; and his 
£reat ufrMillinznefs to quit hid hold* 

* • That 

• Julius C^sar. 7j 

That brought my anfwer back. — Brutus hath riv'd my 

A friend ihould bear a friend's inHrtnities, 
But Bruins makes mine greater than they are. 

Brm. 7 1 do not. Still you praAife them on me. 

Ci^. You love me not. 

Bru. I do not like your faults. 

Caf. A friendly eye could never fee fuch faults. 

Bru. A flatterer's would not, tho* they do appear 
As hug^ as high Ofyptpus. 

Caf. Come, jtntony^ and young O^avius^ come ; 
Revenge your fclves alone on Cqffius^ 
For Ciffius is a weary of the world ; 
Hated by one he loves ; brav'd by his brother ; 
Check'd like a bondman ; all his faults obfervM ; 
Set in a note-book, learned, and conn'd by rote. 
To caft into my teeth. O I could weep 
My fpirit from mine eyes! — There is my dagger. 

And here my naked bread within, a heart 

Dearer than Thuuf Mine, richer than gold ; 
' If that thou needft a Roman'Sy take it fordi. 


7 Bra. I^ M/> Ti L L /w fraSifi tb$m •n «r^.] But was this 
taUdne like Brutus f Caffius complained that his friend made hit 
iofinmties greater than they were. To which Brutmi replies^ not 
till thofe infirmities were iDJorionfly tamed upon me. But was 
this any excofe for ngiravatiug his friend*s nulings? Sbahjpiar 
knew better what was nt for his hero to iay, and certainly wrote 
and pointed the line thus, 

/ Jo nof^ St I L L yw fraSlfi them on mo. 

i, e. I deny yonr charge, and this is a frefti injury done me. 

8 If thai thou bbbst a Roman, taki it forth. &c.] But why 
is he bid to rip out his heart, if he were a Roman f There is no 
other fenie bat this. If you have the courage of a Roman. But 
this is fo poor, and fo little to the purpofe, that the reading may 
be juftly fttfpeded. The occafion of this quarrel was Cajlus*i 
itfii&l to fapply the neceffities of his friend, who charges it on 
him as a diihonour and crime, with great afperity of language. 
CaJJiui^ to Ihew him the injuftice of accufing him of avarice, tdb 
him he was ready to expofe his life in his fervice; but at the iamc 


y4 Julius Cmsav^. ^ 

I, that dcny'd tbeegold^ will give my heart; 

ScrHce as riiou didft at C^/ar ; for I know» 

When thou didft hate him worft, thou lovMft him 

Than ever thou lov'dft Cqffius. 

Bru. Sheath your dagger ; 
Be angry when you will, it Ihall have Icope ; 
^< Do what you will, diihonour (hall be humour, 
** O Cqffiusj you are yoaked with a Lamb, 
•« That carries anger, as the flint bears fire 5 
•* Who, much enforced, flxews a hafty fpark, 
*^ And ftraight is cold again. 

Caf. Hath Caffius livM 
To be but mirth and laughter to his Brutus^ 
When grief, and blood ill-temper*d, vexah him ? 

Bru. When I fpoke that, I was Ul-temper*d too. 

Caf, Do you confefs fo much? give me your hand. 

Bru. And my heart too. {Embracing. 

Caf. O Brutus! 

Bru. What's the matter ? 

Caf Have you not love enough to bear with me. 
When that rafli humour, which my mother gave me. 
Makes me forgetful ? 

Bru. Yes, Cqffius^ and from henceforth 
When you are over-earneft with your Brutus^ 
He'll think, your mother chkles, and leave you lb. 

[A noife witbifu 

Poet, [mibin.'] Let me go in to fee the Generals i 

time, provoked aod exafperated at the other^s reproaches, he ap- 
)>raids liim with the ieverity of his cemper, that would patdoa 
nothing, but always aimed at the life of the offender ; and de- 
lighted in his blood, tho^ a Roman, and attached to him by the 
(trongeil bonds of alliance ; hereby obliquely infinnacii^ the cafe 
of C^tfar. The fenfe being thus explained, it is evident w« 
0ioald ready 

If that thou HEEDST A Roman*/, take it forth. 
L i. if nothing but another Romati'z death can fatisfy the unre- 
lenting feverity of your temper, take my life as you did CafarU^ 



Julius CiBSAfit 75 

There b ibme grudge between 'eiA» *ds not meet 
They be alone. 

Lmc. [wiitiH.'] You (hall not come to them. 

Poet. IwiMn^ Nothing but death ihail ftay me. 

Enter Pdet. 

G^ How now ? what's the matter f 

Poei. For fhame, you Generals •, what do you mean? 
Love, and be friends, astwo iiich mm ffaould bei 
For I have feen mcM-e years, Vm (uret than ye. 

Caf. Ha, ha— ^ how vilely doth this Cy nick rhime! 

Bru. Get you hence, firrah » fimcy fellow, henee. 

Caf. Bear with him, Brufm^ 'tis his falhion. 

£ru. I'll know hii humour, when be knows his 
What fliould the wars do with thefe jingling fools? 
Companion, hoioe. 
^ Caf. Away, away, begpne. [Exit Poet, 

f S C E N E IV. 


Enter Lucilius, and Titinm. 

Bnk Lucilius and Titimus^ bid the commanders 
Prepare to lodge their companies to night. 

Caf. And come your ftlyes, and bring Mtjfak with 
Immediately to u& [Eicemt Lucilius andTimva%^ 

Bru. Lucius^ a bowl of wine. 

Caf I did not think, you could have been lb angry. 

£ru. * O Csfffbis^ I am fick of many griefs. 

Caf. * Of your philofophy you make no ufc, 
^ If you give place to accidental evils. 

Bru. ^ No man bears forrow better — P<frda's dead. 

Caf *Ha! Pcrdal 

Bru. ^ She » dead. . 

Caf ^ How 'icap'd I killing, when I croft you (b^ 
O mfupportable and touching lofs ! 


y€ Julius CiEsAR; 

Upon what ficknefe ? 

Bru. Impatient of my ablence { 
And gricft that young Oilavius with Mark Anttmy 
Have made themfelves fo ftrong : (for with her death 
That tydings came) With this (be fell diftradl. 
And (her Attendants abfent) fwallow'd fire. 

Caf. Anddy'dfo? 

Bru. Evenfo. 

Caf. O ye immortal Gods ! 

EtUer Bey with Wine and Tapers. 

Bru. Speak no more of her ; give me a bowl of wine. 
In this I bury all unkindnefi, Qfffius. [DrifAs. 

Caf. My heart is thirfty for that noble pledge. 
Fill, Lucius^ 'till the wine o*er-fwcJi the cup j 
I cannot drink too much of Brutuf love. 

Bru. Come in, titimm ;-~welcome, good Meffala. 


Enter Titinius, and Meflala. 

Now fit we clofe about this taper here. 
And call in queftion our neceflicies. 

Caf O P or eta ! art diou gone ? 

Bru. No more, I pray you. 


Mejfalay I have here received letters. 
That young Oilavius^ and Mark AntMf^ 
Come down upon us with a mighty Power, 
Bending their expedition toward Philippi. 

Mef My fclf have letters of the fclf-lame tenour. 

Bru. With what addition ? 

Mef That by Profcription and bills of Outlawry* 
0£lavim^ Jm^ny^ and Lepidus 
Have put to death an hundred Senators. 

Bru. Therein our letters do not well agree i 
Mine fpeak of fev'my Senators that dy*d 
By their Profcriptions, Cicero being one. 


Julius CiESAR* 

Caf. Otor^ one?—— \ 

Mef. Cicero is dead ; and by chat order oFproi 
Had you your letters from your wife, my loro^ 
Bru. No, Mejfala. \ 

Mef. Nor nothing in your letters writ of he\ 
Bru. Nothing, Meffala. ^ 

Mef. That, methinks, is ftrange. 

Bru. Why ask you ? hear you aught of her in yours? 

Mef. No, noy lord. 

Bru, Now, as you are a Roman^ tell me true« 

Mef. I'hen like a Roman bear the truth I tell i 
For certain ihe is dead, and by ftrange manner. 

Bru. Why, farewel, Porcia — we muft die, Meffala. 
With meditating that (he muft die once, 
I have the patience to endure it now. 

Mef. Ev*n fb great men great loii^s fhou Id endure* 

Cafi. 9 1 h^ve as much of tJiis in art as you. 
But yet my nature could not bear it fo. 

Bru. Well, to our Work alive. What do you think 
Of marching to Pbilippi prefently i 

Caf. I do not think it good. 

Bru. Your reafon ? 

Gj/ This it is : 
*Tis better, that the enemy ^k us ; 
So (hall he wafte his means, weary bis fbldierSy 
Doing himfelf ofience ; whilft we, lying ftill. 
Are full of reft, defence and nimblenefs. 

Bru. Good reafons muft of force give place to hUSiet. 
The people, *twixt Pbilippi and this ground. 
Do ftand but in a forc'd afiedion ; 
For they have grudg*d us contribution. 
The enemy, marching along by them. 
By them (hall make a fuller number up, 

CovM cm refi'e(ht, new. added, and encouraged ; 


9 Ibawf MS much oftbis in art» as joUfl /. /. I have as much 
of that affiftaacc which Phihfiphy afibrd^ as you have. Jrt for 


T^ y/^ Julius CiESAH. 

From which advantage (hall we cut him 089 

If at FhiUppi we do face him there» 

Thefe People at our back. 
Caf. Hear me, good brother—^ 
Bf'u. Und^ your pardon. — You muft note befide* 

That we have try'd the utinoft of our friends^ 

Our legions are brim foil, our caufe is ripe^ 

The enemy increafeth ewry day. 

We, at the height, are ready to decline. 
There is a tide in the afiairs of men. 
Which, taken at the flood, leads on CQ fortune $ 
Omitted, all the Voyage of their life 
Is bound in fhallows, and in miferies. 
On fuch a full fea are we now a-float : 
And we muft take the current when it ferves. 
Or lofe our ventures, 
Caf. Then, with your will, go on : we wiH atong 

Our ielves, and meet diem at Pb^fi. 
Bru. The deep of night is crept upon <iur talk. 

And nature muft obey necdfity ; 

Which we will niggard with a little reft. 

There is no more to iay. 

Caf. No more ; good night ; — — 

Early to mcH'row will we rife, and hence. 

Ent^r Lucius. 

Bru. Lucius', my gown 1 farewel, good Meffi^p 
Good night, Jitinius: noble, noble Caffm^ 
Good night, and good repofe. 

Caf. O my dear brother ! 
This was an ill b^inning of the night : 
Never come fuch divifion 'tween our foub } 
Let it not, Bnaus I 

Enter Lucius witb the Gown. 

Bru. Ev'ry thing is well. 
Tit. Jk^. Good night. 




Bru. Farcwcf, every one {Exeunt^ 

Give me the Gown. Where is thy inftrumenc ? 

Lmc. Here, m the Tent, 

Bru. What, thou ^k'ft drowfily ? 
Poor knave, 1 blame thee not; thou art o'er-watch'd. 
Cail QaudhiSj and Ibme other of my men ; 
PU have them fleep on cufiiions in my Tent, 

Ztfr. Farra^ and Claudius ! ' 


Enter Varro and Claudius. 

Far. Calls my k)rd ? 

Bm. I pray you. Sire, lie in my Tent^ and fleep ( 
It may be, I ihall raife you by and by. 
On bofineft to* my brocher Caffms. 

Far. Sopkafeyou, we will fland^ and watch your 

Bru. I will not have it (b; lie down, good Sirs : 
It may be, I ihall otherwife bethink me. 
Look, Lucius^ here^s the book I fought for fo ; 
1 put it in the pocket of my gown. 

Lmc. I was fare, your loitlihip did not give it me. 

Bru. Bear with me, good boy, I am much forgetful. 
Canft thou hold up thy heavy eyes a while. 
And touch thy innrument, a ftrain or two ? 

hu. Ay, my lord, an*t pleafe you. 

Bru. It does, my boy \ 
I troiMe thee too much, but thou art wiilit^. 

Lmc. It is my duty, Sir. 

Bru. I fhould not urge thy duty paft thy might ; 
I know, young bloods look for a time of reft. 

Lmc. 1 have flcpt, my lord, already. 

Bru. It was well done, and thou Ihalt flccp again j 
I wiUnot hoH thee long. If I do live, , 

I will be good to thee. IMuftck audaScng. 


8o Julius CiBSAt. 

This is a fleepy tune — O murth'rous flumber f 
Lay'ft chou thy leaden mace upon my boy. 
That plays thee mufick f gentle knave^ good night. 
I will not do thee fo much wrong to wake thee. 
If thou doft nod, thou break'ft thy inftrument, 
ril take it from thee ; and, good boy, good night. 
But let me fee— is not the leaf turn'd down. 
Where Heft reading? here it is, I think. 

[Hejiis dawn to read. 


Enter the GbeJ of Oelar. 

How ill this taper bums ! ha ! who comes beit ? 

I think, it is the weaknels of mine eyes. 

That Ihapes this monftrous apparition !— - 

Itxaome& upon me^-^Art thou any thing ? 

Arc thou fome God, fome angel, or fome devil. 

That mak'ft my blood cold, and my hair to (tare ? 

Speak to me, what thou art. 

Gbq/t. Thy evil fpirit, Brulus. 

Bru. Why com*ft thou? 

Gbofi. To tell thee, thou (halt fee me at PbHippi. 

Bru. Then, I (hall fee thee again.—— 

Gboft. Ay, at Pbilippi. {Exit Gboft. 

Bru. Why, I will fee thee at P&'%f then. — 
Now I have taken heart, thou vani(ne(t : 
111 Spirit, I would hold more talk with thee. 
Boy I Lucius! Varrol Claudius! Sirs! awake! 
Claudius ! 

Luc. The firings, my lord, are falfe. 

Bru. He thinks, he is ftill at his inftrument. 
Lucius! awake. 

Luc. My lord !— — 

Bru, Didft thou dream, Lucius^ that thou fo cried*ft 


Julius Casail, St 

I Imc. My lord, I do not know that I did cry. 

I Bm. Yes, that thou didft j didft thou fee any thing ? 

Imc. Nothing, my lord. 

Bru. Sleep again, Lucius i firrah, Claudius, feltow I 
*Varro! awatce. 

Var. My lord ! . 

Clou. My lord ! 

Bru. Why did you fo cry out, Sirs, in your fleep ? 

Boib. Did we, my lord ? 

Bru. Ay, faw you any thing? 

Var. No, my lord, I law nothing. 

CUu. Nor I, my lord. 

Bru. Go and commend me to my brother Cafftus^ 
Bid him ftt on his Pow'rs betimes before, 
Aod we will follow. 

Botb. It fliall be done, my lord. {Exeun^ 



A C T V. S C E N E I. 

The Fields of Philippi, with the two Camps. 
EMier OSBxvms^ Antony, and their Arnrf. 



OW, Antony^ our hopes are anfwered. 
You Cud, the enemy would not come down^ 
But keep the hills and upper regions ; 
It proves not fo \ their battles are at hand. 
They mean to warn us at Philippi here, 
Aorwering, before we do demand of them. 
I Jba. Tut, I am in their bofoms, and 1 know 

1 Thoo! awake, 1 The accent is fo nnmafical and har(h> *clt 
impofibiA tlie fnet «odd begin his vetfe dms. Brutus certainly 
vas intended to fpeak to both his other men ; who both awako 
I ttd aniwer at an inftant. 

f Vol. VII. G Wherefore 

82 JulxusCasah. 

Wherefore they 4o it j they could be cooteoc 
To vifit other places, and come down 
With fearful bravery i thinking, by this face^ 
To fiiften in our (;houghcs that they have courage. 
But 'tis not fo. 

Enter a MeJJenger^ 

Mef. Prepare you, Generals; 
The enemy comes on in gallant (hew % 
Their bloody fign of battle is hung out. 
And fomething to be done immediately. 

Au. Offaviust lead your battle foftly on. 
Upon the left hand of the even field. 
OSfa. Upon the right hand I, keep thou the left. 
Ant. Why do you crofs me in this exigent P 
OSa. I do not crpfi you ; but I will do Co. {Man^b. 

S C E N E H. 
Drum. Enter Brutus, Caflius, andtbehramf. 

Bru. They (land, and would have parley. 

JOaf. Stand faft, Titinius^ we mud out and talk. 

0£la. Mark Antotvf^ (hall we give fign of battle ? 

Ant. No, C^far^ we will anfwer on their chai^. 
Make forth, the Generals would have fomc words. 

OEla. Stir not until the (ignal. 

Bru. Words before blows : is it (b, oountFyoMp ? 

OBa. Not that we love words better, as vou do. 

Bru. Good words are better than bad (trokes, O^a- 

Ant. In your bad firokes, Brutus, you give good 
Witnefs the hole you made in Cafar'% heart. 
Crying, ** long live! hail, C^Jarl 

Caf. AfUtnrf^ 
The pofture of your blows arc yet unknown t 
But for your words, they rob the Hjfhla bees. 


Julius C^sar. 83 

And leave them honeyleis. 

AU. Not ftinglels too. 

Bru. O yes^ and (bundlefi too : 
For you have ftoln their buzzing, Antotrf |_ 
And very wifely threat, before you fting. 

Jnt. Villains! you did not b^ when your vile 
Hacked one -another in the fides of C^far. 
YoQ Ihew'd your teeth like apes, and fawn'd like 

And bow'd like bond-men, killing Qefar's feet \ 
Whilft damned Cafca^ like a cur behind, 
Stnick Qefar on the neck. O flatterers ! 

Caf. Fktterers! now, Brutus^ thank your felf; 
This tongue had not ofiended fo to day. 
If G|^i^ might have rul'd. 

Offa. Come, come, the caufe. If arguing make 
The proof of it will turn to redder drops. 
Behold, I draw a fword againll confpirators ; 
When think you, that the fword goes up again > 
Never, *till CfTar^i three and twenty wounds 
Bewell^aveng'd ^ or *till another cJfar 
Have added fl'aughter to the fword of traitors* 

Bru. Cafar^ thou canft not die by traitors' hands, 
Unlels thou bring' il them with thee. 

OOa. So I hope; 
I was not born to die on Brutus' fword. 

Bru. O, if thou wert the noblcft of thy Strain, 
Young man, thou couldfi: not die more honourable. 

Caf. A peevifh fchool-boy, worthlefs of fuch 
J(»n'd with a masker and a reveller. 

Ant. Old Cqffius ftill ! 

OBa. Come, Antony^ away ; 
Defiance, traitors, hurl we in your teeth : 
If you dare fight to day, come to the field s 

G 2 H 

84 Julius C^sar. 

If not, when you have ftonrachs. 

[Exeunt 0£tavius» Antony, and armf. 


Caf. Why, now blow wind, fwcll billow, and fwim 
The ftorm is up, and all is on the hazard. 

Bru. Lucitius^ — hark, a word with you. 

[Lucilius and MtS^fiandfarA. 

Luc. My lord. [Brutus j^oib apart to Lucilius. 

Caf. Mejfala. 

Mef. What lays my General ? 

Caf. MeJfaUij 
This is my birth-day ; as this very day 
Was Ci^Blius born. Give me thy hand, Mejfala: 
Be thou my witnefs, that, againft my will. 
As Ftmpey was, am I compelled to let 
Upon one batde all our liberties. 
You know, that I held Epicurus ftrong. 
And his opinion ; now I change my mind ; 
And partly credit things, that do prefage. 
Coming from Sardis, on our foremoft enfign * 
Two mighty eagles fell ; and there they perch*d i 
Gorging and feeding from our ibldiers* hands. 
Who to Pbilifpi here conforted us : 
This morning are they fled away and gone. 
And, in their (leads, do ' ravenous crows and kites 
Fly o'er our heads ; and downward look on us. 
As we were fickly prey, their (badows fccm 
A canopy moft fatal, under which 

I *— RAVENS, crotvs and kites] A ravin and a crotaii 
the fame bird of prey : the firft name taken from its nature i the 
other from its voice. We (hould therefore read, 

dt R A VB N o u 8 cromjs and kites : 

Befidesy this epithet denotes the circamfiantes that make the fjpea- 
Jius confider them as birds of omen. 


Julius Cmsak. 85 

Our anny lies ready to give the ghoft. 
A/^ Believe not fo. 
Caf. I but believe it partly ; 
For I am frefh of fpirit, and refblv'd 
To meet all peril very conftantly. 
£ru. Even fo, Ludlius. 
Caf. Now, moft noble Brutus^ 
The Gods to day ftand fricndlv ; that we may, 
Lovers in peace, lead on our days to age I 
But fince th* afiairs of men reft ftill incertain, 
Let*s reafon with the word that may befall. 
If we do lofe this batde, then is this 
* The very lad time we (hall fpcak together. 
What are you then determined to do ? 

Bru. £v*o by the rule of that philofophy. 
By which I did blame Cato for the death 
V/hich he did give himfelf ; I know not how. 
Bat I do find it cowardly, and vile. 
Far fear of what might fall, fo to prevent 
The time of life ^ * ♦ * » arming myielf with patience. 
To ftay the providence of ibme high powers. 
That govern us below. 

Ctf/f Then, if we lofe this battle, 
YoQ are contented to be led in triumph 
Tborough the ftreets of Rome ? 
Bru. ^ No, Cqffius^ no; think not, thou noble 
* Roman f 
^ That ever Bruius will go bound to Rome ; 
' He bears too great a mind. But this fame day 

2 Tbi very lafi time nuejhall f^eak together. 
What areyeu then determined to do Pi i. e. I am refolved 

ia fuch a cafe to kill rayfelf. What are you determined of? 

3 m rm img myfelf nuith patience^ &c.] It is evident, that, 
between theie words and the roregotng, a fentence is dropped oat 
te thii effect [«» the contrary^ true courage it feen in the] arm- 
ing wyfelf nvith patience, &c. As the tact ftands at prefent, the 
two diflerent fentimenti xiidijlike zxA.etfpr^bation are run together, 
9s parts related to one another. 

G 3 * Muft 

86 Julius Casar. 

• Muft end that Work, the Ides of March begun ; 

• And, whether we (hall meet again, I know not ^ 
« Therefore our everlafting farewel talf e ; 

• For ever, ancj for ever, farewel, C^s ! 

• If we do meet again, why, we ihall fmile ; . 

• If not, why, then this parting was well made. 
Caf. For ever, and for ever, tarewel, Brutus ! 

If we do meet again^ we'll fmile indeed \ 
If not, 'tis true, this parting wa* well made. 
Bru. * Why then, lead on. O, that a man mightknow 

• The end of this day's buGnefi ere it come ! 
^ But it fufEceth, that the day will end ^ 

• And then the end is known. Come, ho, away. 

^ \Excuni. 


Alarum. Enter Brutus and Meflala, 

Bru. Ride, ride, MeJJala ; ride, and give thefe bills 
Unto the legions, on the other fide. [Dmd aU^rum. 
Let them fcc.on at once 5 tor I perceive 
But cold demeanor in OSavius* wing ; , 
A fudden Pu(h gives them the overthrow- 
Ride, ride, Meffdlai let them all come down. [Ex&t^^ 

Alarum. Enter Caffius and Titinius. 

Caf. O look, "Titinius J look, the villains fly ! 
Myfclf have to mine own turn'd enemy i 
This enfign here of mine was turning back, 
I flew the coward, and did take it from him. 

*Tit, O Cagks^ Brutus gave the word too early s 
Who, having fome advantage on OSa^ius^ 
Took it too eagerly 5 his foldiers fell to fpoil, 
Whilft we by Antony were all inclos'd* 

Enter Pindarus. 

Pin. Fly further off, my lord, fly further off; 
J^k Antony is in your Tents, my lord 5 

Julius Caesar. 87 

Fl;^ dicrefore, noble Caffius^ fly far off. 

Caf. This hill is far enough. Lo6k, look, fitinius^ 
Are thoft my Tents, where 1 perceive the fire ? 

f4t. They arc, my lord. 

Caf. ^itimusj if thou lov'ft me, 
Mount thou my horfe, and hide thy fpurs in him, 
"Till he have brought thee up to yonder troops. 
And here again ; that I may reft afTur^d, 
Whether yond troops are friend or enemy. 

iU. I will be here again, ev'n with a thought. [^Exit, 

Caf. Go, Pindarusy get higher on that hill, 
My fight was ever thick 5 regard Ttiinius^ 
And ttU me what thou not'ft about the field. 
This day I breathed firft ; time is come round ; 
And, where I did begin, there fhall I end \ 
My life is run its compafs. Now, what news? 

Find. \abQve.'] Oh, my lord! 

Caf. What news? 

PiHd. Titinitis is inclofed round about 
With horferaen, that make to him on the fpur; 
Yet he (purs on. Now they are almoft on him ^ 

fitimus! now fome light — oh, he lights too 

He's ta'en ^and hark, they (hout for joy, [ Shouts 

Caf Come down, behold no more ; 
Oh, coward that I am, to live fo long. 
To fee my bcft friend ta'en before my face ! 

Enter Pindarus. 

Codne hither, firrah ; 

In Paribia did I take thee prifoner ; 

And then I iwore thee, faving of thy life, 

TW whatJbever I did bid thee do, 

ThoQ Chouldft attempt it. Come now, keep thine oath» 

Now be a fiieeman % and, with tiiis good fword. 

That ran through Cd/ar^s bowels, fearch this bolbm. 

Stand not to aniWer; here, take thou the hiJt^ 

And when my face is covered, as 'tis now^ 

G 4 Guide 


Guide thou the fwoid*— -C^, thou art reyeDg*d» I 
Ev*n with the fword that kill'd thee.— j 

IKills bimfelf. i 
.. Find. Sb, I am free ; yet would not fo have been, 
Durft I have done, my WilL Oh, CaJJius ! 
Far from this country Pindarus {hall run. 
Where never Reman (hall take note of him. [Exii. 


Enter Titinius, and Mefiala. 

Mef. It is bat change, Tilinins ; for OBavius 
Is overthrown by noble Brutus^ power. 
As Cqffius* legions are by Anttmf. 

Tit. Thefe Tidings will well comfort C(ffius. 

Mef. Where did you leave him ? , 

7i/. AH diiconfolate, 1 

With Pindarus his bondman, on this hill. 

Mef. Is not that he, that lies upon the ground ? 

Tlf/. He lies not like the living. Oh my heart ! 

Mef. Is not that he i 

7iL No, this was he, Mejfala^ i 

But Caffius is no more! Oh, fetting Sun! 
As in thy red rays thou doft (ink to night. 
So in his red blood Qffius' day is let ; 
The Sun of Rome is fet ! our day is gone ; 
Clouds, dews, and dangers come \ our deeds are done \ 
Miftruft of my fucceis hath done this deed. 

Mef. Miftnut of good fucceis hath done this deed. 
Oh hateful Error, Melancholy's child ! 
Why doft thou Ihew to the apt thoughts of men 
The things that are not ? Error, (bon conceived. 
Thou never com*ft unto a happy birth. 
But kilPft the mother that engenda-'d thee. 

Tit. What, Pindarus ? where art thou, Pindarus f 

Mef. Seek him, Titinius \ whilft I go to meet 
The Qoble Srutus^ tbrufting this report 

not hear their 

Julius Cjesar. 

Into his ears i I may fiy» thrufting it % 
For piercing fted» and darts invenomedy 
Shall be as welcome to the ears of Brutus^ 
As tidings of this fight. 

Tii. Hyeyou, Meffala^ 
And I wiU feek for Pindarus the while. [Exi 
Why didft thou fend me forth, brave CqffiusI 
Did I not meet thy friends, and did not they 
Pat on my brows this wreath of vidory. 

And bid me give it thee ? didft thou nc 

Alas, thou haft miiconftruM evVy thing. 

But bold thee, take this g^land on thy brow. 

Thy Brulus bid me give it thee ; and I 

Will do his bidding. Bruius^ come apace ^ 

And lee how I regarded Caius Cqffms. 

By your leave, Gods— —This is a Romanes part. 

[Stabs kmfif. 

Come, Cqffius* fword, and find Titimus^ heart, [pies^ 


Alarum. Enter Brutus, MeiTala, youf^ Cato, Sixzt% 

Volumnius, andlMaXms. 

Bru. Where, where, Mejfala^ doth his body lye ? 

MtJ. Lo, yonder, and Tiiinius niourning it. 

Bru. Titimus* face is upward. 

Caio. He is (Uin. 

Bru. Oh Julius Cffar^ thou art mighty yet ! 
Thy Spirit walks abroad, and turns our fwords 
In our own proper entrails. [Low alarums, 

Cato. BrsLVfi Titinius ! 
Look, if h^ have not crown'd dead C(^s!-^^ 

Bru. Are yet two Romans living, fuch as thefc ? 
Thou laft of all the Remans! fare thee well j 
It is impoffible, that ever Rome 
Should breed thy feHow. Friends, I owe more tears 



^o Julius Caesar. 

To this dead man, than you fhall fee nie pay. 

I fhall find time, Cajfius^ I fhall find time«— 

Come, therefore, and to ^affbs (end his body : 

His funeral fhall not be in our Camp, 

X^eft it difcomfort us. Ijidlius^ come; 

And come^ young Cafo ; let us to the field. 

Laieo^ and Flavius^ fet our batdes on. 

*Tis three o* clock J and, Romans^ yet ere night 

We fhall try fortune in a fecond fight. [ExMitn 


Alarum. Enter Brutus, Mef!ala, Cato, Lucilius, and 


Bru. Yet, Countrymen, oh yet, hold up your 

Cafo. What baflard doth not? who will go with 
i will proclaim my name about the field. 
I am the Son of Marcus Cato^ ho ! 
A foe to tyrants, and my Country's friend, 
I am the Son of Marcus Caio^ ho ! 

Enter Soldiers and fight . 

Bru. And I am Brutus^ Marcus Brutus^ I; 
Brutus^ my Country's friend 5 know me for Brutus. 


Lmc. Oh young and noble Cato^ art thou down ? 
Why, now thou dieft as bravely as Titimus ; 
And, may'fl be honour*d, * being Cato'z Son. 

Sold. Yield, or thou diefl. 

^ Luc. Only I yield to die. 


4 iiing Cato*i^ff.] f . e. worthy of him. 

5 Luc. Only I yield to die ; 

^ben isfomucbt that thou 'u.iU kill mi Jlraighti] Thi» 
lad line is unintelligible; the reafon (^f which is the lofs gf cite 


Julius C.£sar. ^i 

There is fp much, that thou wilt kill me ftraight ; 
Kill BruSuSy and be honoured in his death. 
Sold. We mud not. A noble Priibner ! 

Enfer Antony. 

2 SM. Room, ho ! tell Antmy^ Brutus is ta*en. 
. J Soli, ^I!U tell the new5,^jche General : 
JBritfiei is ta'en, Brutus is ta*en^ my Lord. 

Ant. Where J? he? 

hiu. Safe» J^(nrf\ Brutus is iafe enough. 
I dart afiiire thee^ thu no enen^y 
Shall ever take aJive the aoblc Hrntus : 
The Gods defend him from fo great a (hame ! 
When you do find him alive, ior deadj^. 
He will be found like Brutus^ like hioi&Jf* , 

Ant. This is not Brutus^ friend, but I afllire you» 
A prize no lefs in worth ; keep this man lafe, 
Ghw him all kindnefi. I bad.xather bavb 
Such men my friends, than enraiies. Go on. 
And fee if Brutus be alive or dead ; 
And bring us word unto OSavius^ Tent, 
How every thing is chanc*d. {Exima. 

pRceding. For I>7 the ciromf^ancet I colled, that .the replv 
cf thefqlfUer to the words, Only I yield (9 die, is waotiog ; which 
ciitamftances may lead us too to the difcovery of what that reply 
vai; and reciprocally by that reply to the recovery of the 
ksSt of this aaintelltgible line. I think then it appears probable* 
that when Lucilius had faid. Only I yield to dii ; the foldier, by n 
very naCKal cariofity, pertinently demanded, IVhetber there *was 
jet WMcW rejiftance on the f%rt of the enemy t To which Lucilius 
who had a mind to die, as pertinently anfwer'd, 

nere is fi much, that thou wit kill me ftraight i 

f. e. fo much reiiftance ftill on foot, that thou wilt choole to ri4 
aie oat of the way, that chou may*ft go, without the embarrat 
of priibners, to the affidance of thy friends who £kill want it. 

S C E N ^ 

92 Julius C^bsar. 


Changes to another part of the Field. 

Enter Brutus, Dardanius, Clitus, Strato, and 


Sru. /^OME, poor Remains of friends, reft. on 
,V> this rock. 

CH. Statilius fliew'd the torch-light, but, my Lord, 
He came not back, he is or ta'en, or flain. 

Bru. Sit thee down, CUtus $ flaying is the word ; 
It is a deed in fafhion. Hark the^ CUtus^---^ 


Cli. What I, my Lord ? no, not for all the world, 

Bru. Peace then, no words. 

CU. Pll rather kUl myfelf. 

Bru. Hark thee, Dard^miusf 

Var. I do fuch a deed? 

Cli. Oh, Dardamus! 

Dor. Oh, CRtus! 

Cli. What ill rec^ueft did Brutus make to thee ? 

Dar. To kill him, CUtus: look, he meditates. 

Cli. Now is that noble veflcl full of grief. 
That it runs over even at bis eyes. 

Bru. Come hither, good Volumnius ; lift a word. 

Vol. What fays my Lord? 

Bru. Why, this, Volumnius \ 
The Ghoft of C^far hath appeared to me 
Two feveral times by night ; at Sardis once j9 
And, this laft night, here in Pbilippi* fields. 
I know, my hour is come. 

Vol. Not fo, my Lord. 

Bru. Nay, I am fure it is, Volumnius. 
Thou feeft the world, Volumnius^ how it goes i 
Our enemies have beat us to the pit : [^Jlarumn 

It is more worthy to leap in our felves. 


Julius CiEsAR. 93 

Than tarry^ 'dll they puQi us. Good Volumnius^ 
Tboa know'ft, that wc two went to fchool together ; 
Even for that, our love of old, I pr'y thee. 
Hold thou my fword*s hilt, while I run on it. 
Vol That's not an office for a Friend, my Lord. 

[Alarum ftill. 
CU. Fly, fly, my Lord ; there is no tarrying here, 
Bru. Farcwcl to you, and you, and you, Volumnius^ 
StraiOy thou haft been all this while afleep; > 

Farcwel to thee too, Slrato. Countrymen, 

My heart doth joy, that yet, in all my life, 

I toond no man, but he was true to me. 

I {hall have Glory by this lofing day. 

More dian OSarrius^ and Mark Antony^ 

By this vile Gonqoeit ihall attain unto. 

So, fiure you well at once ; for Brutus^ tongue 

Hadi almoft ended his life's Hiftory. 

Night hangs upon mine eyes, my bones would re(l, 

Tlat have but labour'd to attain this hour. 

[Alarum. Cry within^ Fly, fly, fly. 
CU. Fly, my Lord, fly.— — 
Bru. Hence; 1 will follow thee. 
I pr'ythee, Strato^ ftay thou by thy Lord ; 
Tnou art a Fellow of a good refped^ 
Thy life hath had fome fmatch of honour in*t. 
Hold then my fword, and turn away thy face, 
While I do run upon it. Wilt thou, Strata ? 
Stra. Give me your hand firft-— iare you- well, 

my Lord. 
Bru. r arewel, good Strata \^^Cdfar^ now be ftill ; 
I killed not thee with half fo good a will. 

[He runs an Ibis /word and dies. 


QA Julius Cv^sar. 

S C E N E K. 

Alarum. Retreai. flnter Antony, OaaviiB, Alcflala^ 

Lucilius, W /i^ orW. ' 

QSa. What Man is that ? 

Mef* My Matter's Man. Strata^ where is thy Matter? 

Stra. Free from the bondage' you are^io,' Meffala s 
The Conqu'rors can but aiake a fire of him : 
For Bruius only overcame himfelf ; 
And no man elfe hath honour by his death. 

Luc. So Brutus (hpukl be found, i thank thee, 
That thou haft proved LuciUus* Saying true. 

OSa. AH that ferv'd Brutus^ I witt entertain diem. 
Fellow, wilt thou bettow thy time with meP 

Stra. Ay, if Mejfala will prefer me to you. 

OUa. Do fo, good M^JJala. 

Mef How died my Liord, Strata ? 

Stra. I held the fword, and he did run on it. 

Mef. O^avius, then take him to follow thee^ 
That did the lateft fervice to my Matter. 

Ant. This was the nobleft Roman of them alL 
All the Confpirators, lave only he, 
^ Did That tKey did in envy of great Cafar: 
He, only, in a general honeft thought. 
And common Good to all, made one of them. 
His life was gentle, and the elements 
So mixt in him, that Nature might ttand up. 
And fay to all the world ^ *^ This was a Man! 

Offa. According to his virtue, let us ufe Tiim % 
With all refpeft, and rites of burial. 
Within my Tent his bones to night ihall lye^ 
Moft like a Soldier, order'd honourably. 
So call the field to Reft ; and let^s away, 
To part the Glories of this happy day. 

I Exeunt (mme§^ 


rj^'^-^^:'^ ^:t*^' -tr '-*^ i-p^^ v-^^^^^^fifv^-^ 





•" ■«• V 

Dramatis Perfonsc. 


Oftavius Csfar. 

^tnilius Lepidus. 

Sac. Pompcius. 

Domitius Enobarbus, 



-Eyqsj L FriewJs and Folhwers 

Scari f tony. 





ItoKa, > Friends to C^&a 




Mcnas, C Friends to Pompey. 

Menecrates, ^ 

Varrius« ^ 

Silius, an Officer in VcntidiusV Army. 

Taurus, Lieutenant-Qeneral to Csefar. 

AlcxaSy 'y 

Mardian, P Servants to Clcapatra. 

Diomedes. J 

. A Sootbfofer. 

Cleopatra, ^een of -Egypt. 

Oftavia, Sifier to Caefar, and Wife to Antony. 

Charmian, J Ladies attending on C\eop3LV:2L. 

Iras. > 

An^affadffTs frm Antony /^ Caefar, Captains^ Soldiers^ 
Meffengersj and other Attendants. 

the SCENE is di^s'd in feveral Parts of tbi 

Roman Empire. 







Tbe Palace at Alexandria sn ^)gypt. 

Enttr TkxMXtm and Philo. 

P H t L o. 

" [AY, but this dotage of our General 

** I 0*er-flows the mealiiret thofc hii 

« I goodly eyes, 

" I That o'o- the files and muftets of tha 

*'___! w"" 

" I^ve ^w*d like pla«d Afiirj, now bcod, now turn, 

" TTie office and devotion of their view 

* Upon a tawny front. His Captain's heart, 

" Which, in the &uffla of great fighu hath burft 

yoL,VII. H « Th« 

98 Antony and Cleopatra, "f 

" The buckles on his breacft, * reneges all temper | 

•• And is become the bellows, and the fan, 

<« To cck)l a Gypfy^s loft. Look, where they CDbie} 

Flofmjb. Enter Antonjf and CTeopatra, her Ladies 
in the frain. Eunuchs fanning her. 

Take but good note, and you fhali fee in him 
•* * The triple pillar of the world transformed 
^* Into a Strumpet's Stool. Behold, and fee. 
Cleo. If it be love, indeed, tell me, how much ? 
Ani. There's beggary in the love that can be 

Cleo. ril fet a ' bourn how far to be belov'd. 
Mt. Then muft thou needs find out new heav'n, 
new earth. 

Enter a Mejfenger. 

Meff. News, my good Lord, from Rome. 

jlnt. It grates me. Tell the fum. 

Cleo. Nay, hear it, Antowf. 
Fulvia^ perchance, is angry ; or who knows. 
If the fcarce-besirded Gefar have not fent 
His powerful Mandate to you. Do this, or this; 
Take in that Kingdom, and infranchife that ; 
Pcrform't, or elfe we damn thee.— —» 

Anf. How, my love ? 

Cleo. Perchance, (nay, and moft like,) 

1 rifttgej"] .K^DOimcei. Mr. P^e. 

2 The triple pillar of the tuorU tranifoniCi 

Into a Strum ft Cs fool. — ] The metaphor is here'mtleiably 
mangled. 'We (hoald read. 

Into a S trumpets stool. 
The piliar of di« world, fyjt he, is^mnsformed into a ftrompet^s 
Stool. AUudingto the cuftpm of ftrumpets fitting in the lap pf 
their lovers. So Jjax in Troilus and CnJJiiay calls Tberfitett 
7bou 8 TOOL for a ivitci. ^Sbakt/P'tar Ipo, in the \i£t'fj( piUir 
and JlOol^ loA regard perhaps to the etymology of the ktttr 
WOfd, which comes from Xtu^©-, tolumna* 

3 bourri] Bound or limit. lAx^Pfpe. 


Antony and Cleopatra. 

Yofl muft not ftay here longer, your difmlffion 
Is a)mc from Cafar j therefore hear it, Antony. 
Where's Fuhufs Procefs? Cafar's^ Pd fay, both ? 
Qdl in the Meflengers ; as Tm ^Egypt's Queen, 
Thou blufheil, Antony^ and that blood of thine 
Is tir^r's homager : elfe, fo thy cheeks pay fliame, 
When Ihrifl-tongu'd Fuhna fcolds. The Meflengers— 

Ant. *' Let Rome in 7yber melt, ♦ and the wide arch 
** Of the rais'd Empire fall ! here is my fpace \ 
Kingdoms are day ; our dungy earth alike 
Feeds bead as man ; the nobieneis of life 
Is to do thus I when ftich a mutual Pair, \Emhractnp 
And foch a twain can do*t ; in which, I bind 
(On pain of punifhment) the world ' to weet» 
We ftand up peerlefs. 

CUo. Excellent falfhood ! 
Why did he marry Fuhia^ and not love her ? 
rU feem the fool^ I am not. Antony 
Will be himfelf. 

M. Bat ftirr*d by Cleopatra. 
Now for the love of h>ve, and his fbft hours, 
\j£% not confound the time with conference harfli ; 
There's not a minute of our lives fliould ftretch 
* Without Ibme pleafure new : what fport to night ? 

Qeo. Hear the Ambafladors. 

Ant. *' Fie, wrangling Queen ! 
** Whom every thing becomes, to chide,- to laugh, 
" To weep : whofe every paflion fully ftrives 
" To make it felf in thee fair and admired. 
NoMefienger, but thine s — and all alone, 

L •— — and tbewde arcV] Taken from the Roman cuftom of 
lufeng triomphal arches to perpetuate their viftoijcs. £xtremel/ 

5 io weetyl To know. Mr. Popi. 

6 Without fomi fltafure KOW :— ] We (hould rtad mbw : 
Afendment much in character of the Inxurioat an4 debauched 
^M^. I( is the antithefis to confennce harjb^ 

H * To 


loo Antony and Cleopatra* 

To night wcMl wander through the ftreets, and note 
The qualities of People. Come, my Queen, 
Lad night you did defire it. Speak not to us. 

[ExewUj wiib their Train. 

Dem. Is Cafar with Jntmius priz'd fo flight ? 

Phil. Sir, fometimes, when he is not Antony^ 
He comes too fliort of that great property 
Which ftill fliould go with ArUimf. 

Dem. Tmlbrry, 
That he approves the common liar. Fame, 
Who fpeaKs him thus at Rome ; but I will hope 
Of better deeds to morrow. Reft you happy ! 




Enter Enobarbus, Charmian, Iras, Alexas, and a 


Char. Alexas^ fweet Alexas^ mod any thing Alexas^ 
almoft mo(t abfolute Akxas^ whereas the Sooth-iayer 
that you prais'd fo to th* Queen ? ^ Oh ! that I knew 
this husband, which you fay, muft chaige his horns 
with garlands. 

jlUx. Soothfayer, 

Sootb. Your will ? 

Cbar. Is this the man ? Is't you. Sir, that know 
things ? 

Sootb. In Nature's infinite Book of Secrecy, * 
A litde I can read. 

Alex. Shew him your hand. 

Eno. Bring in the banquet quickly : wine enough, 
Ckopatra^s health to drink. 

Cbar. Good Sir, give me good fortune. 

Sootb. I make not, but forelee. 

7 Ob! that 1 knew this husband, nnbicbyoufiPf^mafi chance 
hit bprnt luitb g^Iands,'} This ia corrupt ; the true reading evi- 
dBndyu, m^ft chak a u bij boms with garlands^ i.e. make him 
a rich and honourable cnckold, having Im horns hong about with 



Antony and Cleopatra. ioi 

Cbar. Pray then, foreiee mc one, 
Sootb. You iliall be yet far fairer than you are. 
Char. He means, in flefh. 
Iras. No, you (hall paint when you are old. 
Cbar. Wrinkles forbid I 
jlkx. Vex not his prcfcience, be attentive. 
Cbar. Hufli ! 

Sootb. You {hall be more beloving, than beloved. 
Cbar. I had rather heat my liver with drinking. 
Alex. Nay, hear him. 

Cbar. Good now, fome excellent fortune ! let mc 
be married to three Kings in a forenoon, and widow 
them all ; let me have a child at iifcy, to whom He-^ 
rod of Jewry may do homage ! find me, to marry mc 
with OSavw C^far^ and companion me with my 
Smb. You Ihali out-live the Lady whom you fcrve.' 
* Q>ar. Qh^'excellent! I love long life better than figs. 
Sootb. You have feen, and proved, a fairer former 
formne, than that which is to approach. 
Cbar. ^ Then, belike, my children fhall have no 
names I 

8 Char. Oby excellent! I love hug life better than figs.'] Here 
•^hMieJfear has copied ancient mannen with as much b^uty at 
propriety ; This being one of thofe ominous fpeeches, in which 
the ancients were fo fuperilitious : For the afpicks, by which 
Chrmian died, and a^ter her miftrefs, were conveyed in a basket 
of^i. Omens (a faperiiitton which Pytbesgeras firft taught thf 
Grteis) were the andefigned confequence of words cafually ^kcn* ^ 
Tiie words were fometimes taken from the fpeaker, and applied 
bf die hearers to the fpeaker*s own afBdrs, as in the cafe of Panhs 
JEmtlims, after his conqueft of Macedon, Sometimes ^;ain the 
words of the fpeaker were transferred to the affairs of the hearer, 
as in the cafe of the iame Paulus before his conqoeft of Maceion. 
hofse rebus diwnis qu^ public^ fierent, ut faverent Unguis, 
imferahaiur. Cicero de Divin. 1. i. 

9 fben, belike^ my children ftfallhvrt no names.] i. r. be of no 
note, a Greek mode of expreffion s in which language, J^nlfVfJtot 
^ffki&H both domblo'^umed toid famous, becaafe anciently £unoai 
mc;ii had an agnomen taken from their exploits. 

H 3 Pry'thee. 

I02 Antony j;/^ Cleopatra.* 

Pr'ythce, how many boys and wcncheS muft I 
have ? 

Sootb. ' If every of your wiftics had a womb. 
And fcrtil every wilh, a million. 

Char. Out, fool ! I forgive thee for a witch. 

Jlex. You think, none but your fticets are privy to 
your wifhes. 

Q^ar. Nay, come, tell Iras hers. 

Alex. We'll know all our fortunes. 

Eno. M inc, and moft of our fortunes to night, Ihall 
be to go drunk to bed. 

Iras. There's a palm prelages chaftity, if nothing 


Char. Ev'n as the overflowing Nilus prefageth fa- 

Iras. Go, you wild bedfellow, you cannot foothfay. 

Char. Nay, if an ojly palm be not a fruitful prog- 
noftication, I cannot fcratch mine car. Pr^ytbee, tcU 
her but a work y day fortune. 

Sooth. Your fortunes are alike. 

Iras. But how, but how ?— *givc me particolais. 

Sooth. I have faid. 

Iras. Am I not an inch of fortune better than (he ? 

Char. Well, if you were but an inch of fortune bet- 
ter than I, where would you chuTe it ? 

Iras. Not in my Husband's nofe. 

Char. Our worfcr thoughts heav'ns mend! Ae* 

xasy- Come, bis fortune ; bis fortune. — — O, let 

him marry a Woman that cannot go, fweet JSsj I be- 
feech thee j and let her die too, and give him a worfc ; 
and let worfc follow worft, 'till the worft of all fol- 

I Iffvery cf your ivijhes had a iiomB, 
And foretold in)ery 'wijb, a million,'] This nonfeaie ihoald 
\t reformed thus, 

if ^^ ^f y^^ nv^is had m rvomh^ 
Jv^ fcrtil iif^ry wjby' 


Antony and Cleqpat»a* 103 

low him lauglMOg'ta hi$ Grav^» Q/tyfoid a Cuckold ! 
gcxxl Ifisy hear me chis praye^ thougb^ (bou deny tna 
a matter of more weight ; gpad, ^, 1 befeech thee f 

Irm* Amen^ dear Godde^ . hear (baq prayer of the 
peapk / for, 4s it \%^ beart-breaki<)g to ^e a hand- 
iome man loofe-^xv'd^ ^ it i^ a deadly forrow to be* 
hold a foul knave un^uckpld^ > therefore, dear Ifi$^ 
keep decorum^ and fortune hirr^ accordiagly. 

Char. Amen I 

Alif. LiO, now! if it lay in their {i^nds lOi make m^ 
a cuckold, th^y .would m^ike thensfqlves whores, but 
they'd do*t, 


Enter Cleopatra. \ 

Ew. Hufli ! here comes Antotrf, • 
Char. Not he, the Queen. 
Cleo. Saw you my Lord ? 
Eno. No, Lady. 
Qto. Was he not here ? 
Char. No, Madam. 

Cleo. He was difposM to mirth, but on the focklen 
A Roman thought hath ftruck him. EnobarbuSy'-''^ 
Eno. Madam, 
Cko. Sedc him, and bring him hither; wherc's 

Sea. Here at your fcrvice ; my L/)rd approaches. 

E'nter Antony with a Mejfenger^ and Attendants. 

Qeo. We will not look upon him 5 go with us. 

Mef. Fuhia thy Wife firft came into the field. 
Jnt^ Againft my brother Ijicius f 
Mtf. Ay, but fbon that war had end, and the time's 
Made friends of them» jointing their force 'galnd 

H 4 Whofc 

104' Antony and Clbopatra. 


Whofe better iffiie in the war from Italj^ 
Upon the firft encounter, dcave them. 

AfU. Well, whatworft? 

Mef. The nature of bad news infers the teller. 

Ani. ^^ When it concerns the fool or coward s on.-^ 
Things, tfa^t are paft, are done, with me. 'Tis thus ) 
Who tdls me true, though in the tale lye death, 
I hear, as if he flatter'd. 

Mef. LaUemu (this is ftiffnews) 
Hath, with his PartbUm force, * extended Afiai 
From Ei^braies his conquering banner ihook» 
From Syria to Lydta, and Jtmiai 

Whilft - 

jfnt. JbUm^^ thou wonldft fay«-<~ 

Mef. Oh, my Lord! 

Am. Speak to me home, minoe not the geQ*ral 
tongue ; 
Name Cleopatra as flie^ call'd in Rotm. 
Rail thou in Fuhuia^^ phrafe, and taunt my fiuilts 
With fiKrh full licence, as both troth and' malice 
Have power to utter* Oh, then we bring forth weeds, 
' When our quick minds lye ftill ; and our ill, told d% 
Is as our earing ; &re thee well a while. 

Mef At your noble pleaiure. 

Ant. From Si<y0iy how the news ? fpeak there* 

Mef The Man from Sicyan^ is there fuch an one i 

[ExUfirJl Mifptngw^ 

Attend. He flays upon your wili« 

'ixtindid Afia i\ /. e. widened or e:( tended the boQiidt 

of the lefier Afia. 

3 Wbtn our quick WINDS fytfttlh ] We ftiould read 

ifiNDs. The m was accidentally turn'd the wtone way at the 
prefs. The (enfe is this, WbiU tht active frittclpli nuithin m 
liii immtrgti injtoth an^ luxury. *wf bring forth <victs infieai •/ 
n)irtu€i, tuiids injiead $f fiywers and fruits: But the laying hfori 
us Mr ill €6nditi9n plainff andhonejtly is, at it ^Wire^ the firft 
emlturi ofthi mind, nvbich gi'vts bopis pfafutun bar^^. TUl 
)ie lays to cncovnge the ipeflej^^er to hide nothing firopi hinu 

Amtony and Cleopatra^ 105 

M. Let him appear ; 
Tb^ ftrong Mgjptian fetters I muft break. 
Or ]oie mjielf in dotage. What are you ? 

Enter another Meffenger^ with a Lelier. 

2 Mef. Fuhria thy wife is dead. 

Aa. Where died Ihc ? 

2 Mef. In Sityon. 
Her length of fickneis, with what elfe more ferious 
Impotteth thee to know, this bears. 

AtU. Forbear me. [ExHfecmid Meffenger. 

Thcrc^s a great fpirii gone ! thus did I defire it. 
What oar contempts do often hurl from us. 
We wifh it ours again | ^ the prefent pleafiire^ 
By revolution lowring, does become 
Thei^^fite of itfelf ; (he's good, being gone ; 
The hand could pluck her back, that ihov'd her on« 
I muft from this enchanting Queen break off. 
Ten thoufiind harms, more than the ills I know. 
My idleoefa docb hatch. How now, Eneiarbus ? 

Enter Enobarbus. 

Eno. What's yoor pleafiire. Sir ? 

Ani. I muft with hafte from hence. 

£k9. Why, then we kill all our women. We iee» 
km mortal an onkindneis is to them j if they fuffer 
our departure, death's the word. 

Ant. I muft be gone. 

Eno. Under a compelling occafion, let women dic^ 
It were pity to caft tnem away for nothing } though 
between them and a great caufe, they Ihould be efteem'd 
WHhinjg. QeofMra^ catching but the leaft noife of thi^ 

tht frtfint pltajuri^ 

By rrvolotion lowring, 49€$ hicomi 
Thi oppofite ^ ^tf'ifi \ The allafion is to diefim*! 

Amal coBife « which rtfing in the imft, and hy revolution Uweringp 

tr fct^tng i» tdf «^^ \ncason tb$tiffo^$ of itfi^. 




io6 Antony and CLEOFATitA. 

dies inftantly ; I have ieen her die twenty dmes. upon 
far poorer momenc : I do think, there is mettle in 
death, which commits fome loring a£l upon her ; fbe 
hath fuch a celerity in dying. ' 

Ant, She is cunning pad man's thought. 

Eno. Alack, Sir, no -, her paflions are madip <^ no- 
thing but the fineft part of pure love. We caooot 
call her winds and waters, fighs and rears : they^ are 
greater ftorms and tempefts than almanacks can reboit. 
This cannot be cunning in her : if it be, ihc makes a 
Ihow'r of rain as well as Jfew. 

Jnt. * Would I had never feen her ! 

Eno, Oh, Sir, you had then left unleen a woaderfui 
piece of work) which, not to have been bleft withal, 
would have diicredit^ your travel. 

Ant. Fuhia is dead. 

Eno. Sir! 

Ant. Fuhia is dead, 

En9. Fulvia-? 

Ant. Dead. 
' Eno. Why, Sir, give the Gods a thankful facrifice : 
when it pleafech their Deities to take the wife of a man 
from him, it fhews to man the taifor of iht earth \ 
comforting him therein, that when old robes are worn 
out, there are members to make new. lif there were 
ho more women but Fuhia^ then itad you indeod a 
cut, and the cafe were to be lamented : this grief is 
crowned wirh confolation ; your okl fmock briBgs 
forth a Dew petticoat, and, indeed, the tears. Jive in 
9n onion that (houJd water this forrow. 

Ant. 1 he bufineis, fhe hath broached in the ftaoe. 
Cannot endure my ab&nce. 

Eno, And the bufinefi, you have broach'd here, 
cannot be without you ; efpccially that of Cleopatn^s^ 
whiqh wholly depends on your aboad. 

Ant. No more light aofwers: let ourofEcers 
Have notice wliat we purpofe. I (hall break 


Antony and Cleqpatrav 107 

< The caufe of our Expedience to the Queen, 
And get her leave to parr. For not alone 
The death of Ftifviay with mofe ut^ent toiiches. 
Do ftrongly fpeak t'us ^ but the letters too 
Of many our contriving friends in Rctne 
Petition Us at home. Sexists Pmffms 
Hadi giv'n the dare to Cefar^ and commands 
the Empire of the Sea. Our flipp'f y people, 
(Whofe love is never linkM to the dcfcrver. 
Till his deferts are pad,) begin to throw 
Pmfey the Great and all his Dignities 
Upon his ion ; who high in name and pow'r. 
Higher than both in blood and life, iftands up 
For the main Soldier; whole quality going on. 
The fides o* th* world may danger. Much is breeding § 
Which, like * die courfer*s hair, hath yet but life. 
And not a ierpent's ix}ifon. Say, our pleafure^ 
To fiich whofe place is undbr us, requires 
Our quick remove from hence. 
Efio. rildo't. [ExemL 

S C E N E IV. 

Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Alexas, and Iras, 

Cleo. Where is he ? 

Cbar. I did not fee him Hnce. 

Cko. See, where he is, who's with him, what he 
does.— — 
I did not fend you:'~If you find him lad. 
Say, I am dancing : if in mirth, report, 
That I am (udden fick. Quick, and return. 

Cbar^ Madam, methinks, if you did love him dearly,^ 

5 The caufe of our expedience — ] Expetlience, for expedition. 

— the courfer^s 'bair^ &c.] Alludes to an old idle notion 
that the hair iS ahdffe, dropt into corrupted wftter^ will torn to 
an aoimal. Mr. iV^. 

ro8 Antony ««</ Cleopatra. 

You do not hold the method to enforce 
The like from him. 

Clea. What fliould I do, I do not ? 

Char. In each thing give him way, crofi him in 

Cleo. Thou teacheft, like a fool : the way to lofe him. 

Cbar. Tempt him not fo, too far. I wifh, forbear ; 
In time we hate That, which we often fear. 

Enter Antony. 

But here comes Antony. 

Cko. Tm fick, and fullen. 

Ant. I am forry to give breathing to my purpofe. 

Cleo. Help me away, dear Cbarmiany 1 (hall tall ; 
It cannot be thus long, the fides of nature 

[^Seetfiing tofaeni. 
Will not fuftain it. 

Ant. Now, my dcareft Queen, 

Cleo. Pray you, ftand farther from me. 

Ant. What's the matter ? 

Cko. 1 know, by that fame eye, there*s fbme good 
What fays the marryM woman ? you may go ; 
*Would, flic had never given you leave to come! 
Let her not fay, 'tis I that keep you here, 
I have no pow*r upon you : hers you are. 

Ant. The Gods bcft know,— — 

Cko. O, never was there Queen 
So mightily betray'd ; yet at the firft 
I faw thetrealbns planted.* 

Ant. Cleopatray*^--^ 

Cko. Why (hould I think, you can be mine, and 
Though you with fwearing Ibake the throned Gods, 
Who have been falfe to Fuhia ? riotous madnefs 
To be entangled with thefe mouth-made vows. 
Which break thenofelves in fwearing ! 




Antony and Cleo? at ka^ 109 

jfnt. Moft fweet Queen,— « 

Cleo. Nay, pray you, feck no colour for your going, 
Buc bid farewel, and go : when you fued ftaying. 
Then was the time for words ; xk> going, then s — *- 
Eternity was in our lips and eyes, 
Blifi in our Brows* bent, none our parts fo poor. 
But was 7 a race of heav'n. They are fo ftill. 
Or thou, the greateftibldier of the world. 
Art turnM the greateft Jiar. 

Am. How, now, lady? 

Cleo. I would I had thy inches, thouihould'ftknow^ 
There were a heart in JEgypt. » 

Am. Hear n)e. Queen ; 
The ftrong neceiTity of time commands 
Oar fcrviccs a*wbik 5 but my fiill heart 
Remains in Uie with you. Our Italy 
Shines o'er with civil (words ; Sextus Pompem 
Makes his approaches to the port of Rme. 
Equality of two domeftick Powers 
Breeds fcrupulous fadion ; the hated, grown to ftrengtb. 
Arc newly grown to love : the condemn'd Pmpey^ 
Rich in bis father's Honour, creeps apace 
Into the hearts of fuch as have not thriv'n 
Upon the prefent (tate, whofe numbers thneaten ; 
And quietnefs) grown fick of reft, would purge 
By any defperate change. My more particular, 
Aod that which moft with you fliould {a) falve my 

Is Fulvia's death. 

Cleo. Though age from folly could not give me 
It does from childifhneis. Cin Fuhia die ? 
.tba. She's dead, my Queen. 

7 ansxrf bea'^n. — ] /. #. had a finack or fiafow of 


[ (a)falvf. Mr. TJ/^iii//— Vulg. /iw.] 



no Antony di;2</ Cleopatra. 

Look here, and at thy ibycreign lei(ure read 
Jhe garboyls (he awak'd ; at the laft, bcft. 
See, when, and where ihe died. 

Cleo. O moft falfe Joire f 
Where be the facred vials thou fliould'ft fill 
With /brrowful water ? now I fee, I fee. 
In Fulv^% death, how mine (haii be reoeiv'd. 

AfU. Quarrel no more, but be j^epar'd to know 
The purpofes I bear ; which are, or ceafe. 
As you mall give th* advices. By the fire, 
,That quickens Nibi^ dime, I go from hence 
Thy foldiei^ fervant, making peace or -war. 
As thou affeaU 

Qeo. Cut my lace, Cbarmian^ come ; 
But let it be, * Vm quickly ill, and well : 
So, Anttmf loves. 

AtU. My precious Queen, forbear. 
And givctcucevidence to his love, which (lands 
An honourable trial. 

Qio. So Fvinna told me. 
I pry'thee, turn afide, and weep for her } 
Then bid adieu to me and iay, the tears 
Belong to JEjypt. Good now, play one Scent 
Of exodient dififembling, and let it look 
Like perfedl honour. 

Jnt. You'll heat my blood; no more. 

Qeo. You can do better yet ; but this is meetty^ 

Am. Now by my fword—- 

Qeo. And target — Still he mends : 
£ut this is not the beft. Look, pry'thee, Cbarmian^ 
How this Herculean Roman docs become 

8 — jTimt fuiekfy Hi, and will, ■ 
So, Antony /m;//.] Ic ihoald be pointed that, 

Pm quickhf ill find will: 
So Antony lovn, • 

So, i. e. thus bntafticallx and capHciqafly. Bot the campam 
pointing makes ^hcr fay .jhe quite contrary. 


Antoky ««// Cleopatra. m 

Tbe carnage of bis chafe* 
Jtd. rU leave you, lady. 
Clio. Courteous lord, one word ; 
Sir, you ^d I muft part ; (but that's not it J 
Sir, you and I have lov'd *, (but there's not it ; 
That foa Icnow well ;) fomethiog it is, I would : 
♦ Oh, n)y oblivion is a very Antony^ 
And 1 am.aii forgotten. 

Ant. ' But that your royalty 
Holds Idlenefs your futgeft, 1 ihould take you 
Forldlenefi icielf. 

Cto. Tis fweating labour 
To bear fiich Idlenefs fo near the heart. 
As Qeopatray this. But, Sir, forgive me ; 
Sincemy becomings kill me, when they do not 
Eye well to you. Your honour calls you hence, 
Therefore be deaf to my unpitied folly. 
And all the Gods go with you ! On your fword 
Sit laurell'd vi£kory, and fmooth fucceis 
Be ftrew'd before your feet ! 
Ant. Xfii us £0 : come. 
Our ieparation fo abides and flies. 
That thoQ, refiding here, goeft yet with me, 

9 Oh^ mf-Mhoiw u a viry Antony, 
Jiul I am all forgotten. \ The plain mflftniog is» Myforgtt* 
fvlntfs makes mi forget my feif. But fbe expreUes it by calting 
forgerfuhtfu AiH^y ; becaufe forgetfolnefs had forgot her, as 
Antwy had done. For want of apprehending this qoaintnefe of 
cxpreffion, the Oxford Editor is forced to tell os news, Ibat all 
fei^ten // OH M *way of fpeaking^ for apt to forget every 
tbiog. * 

I But that your royalty 
*Hioids LHenofi your fuhjeB^ IfooM take you 
for IdUneJs it/elf] i. e. But that your charms hold me, who 
am the greateft foil on earth in chains^ 1 fisould hame a^udged 
you tohetthe.jgrcsLtdL That *this is the fenfe, is ihewn by her 

Tw fojoeaiing lahottr 

fo tearfoch Idknefs fo near the heart, 
^/Cleopatra, this,^'"-^ 


iia Antonf and Cleopairj^ 

And I, hence fleeting, bcre remain vitirtiFio; i 

Away. - [^EMeumi^ 

SCENE V. . ► 

: Cbat^es to Csi^'i Palace in Rome. 

EfUer Oftavius Csefar reading a letter^ Lepidus^ ini 


Gef. W O U may fee, Lepidus^ and henceforth know, 

1 It is not Qejarfs natural vice to hate 
One great competitor. From Alexandria 
This is the news ; he fifiies, drinks, anj waftes 
The lamps of night in revel ; is not more.fiianIy 
Than Qeopatra ; nor the Queen of Ptolemy. . 
More womanly, than he« Hardly gave audience^ 
Or did vouchiafe to think that he had pmners. 
You fliall there find a man, who is the abfttafl ' 
Of all faults all men follow. 

Lep. I muft not think. 
They're evils enough to darken all his goodnefi % ...i 
His faults in him feem as the fbots of heav'n. 
More fiery by night's blackne^ : hereditary. 
Rather than purchaft i what he cannot change^ 
TJian what he chufes. 

Caf. You're too indulgent. Let us grant, it Is not 
Ami&.to tumble on the bed of Ptolemy ^ 
To give a kingdom for a mirth, to fit 
And keep the turn of tipling with a flave. 
To reel tne fireets at noon ; and (land the bufibt 
With knaves that fmell of fweat; fay, this 

(As his compofure muft be rare, indeed. 
Whom thefe things cannot blemifh yet muft .^0ff [ 
No way excufe his foils, whenwe do bear 
So gv^ weight in- bis^ lightnefi. If he fiird 


•.•*»JM • 

Antony €tnd ChEOfATttA. 

ib vmoMOCf widi his voluptooufnefi ; 
Full iiirfeics, and the drineis of bis bones. 
Call on him for'r. But to confound iuch time^ 
That drums him firom his fport, and (peaks as loud 
As his own ftate, and oars ; *tis to be chid. 
Am we ntt bojfa, who, (a) immature in knowledge, 
Pkwn thdr experience to their prefent piealiire. 
And to itbd to judgment. 

Enier a Mejffh^er. 

Lep. Here^s more news. 

Mef. Thy biddings have been done » and every hour^ 
Moft noble C^Jitf (halt chou have report 
How *ds abroad. Pompey is ftrong at Sea, 
And, Vi appears, be is beknr'd of diofe 
That only have fear'd Oefiar: to the ports 
The Diloontents repair, and mens' reports 
Give him much wrong*d. 

Otf. I fliould have known no lefs \ 
'It biath been taught us from the primal States 
That he, which t^ was wi(h*d) until he were : 
Aid the cbb*d man, ne'er lov*d till ne^er worth lovei 

2 h bath hin iMmgbt us fr^m the frimal Staitp 
Timt bg, mMcb is, nvas muijifd, until be wfftc 
Aud the fUfi mau^ nitr Mi till ui'tr nmrtb lovt^ 
Cnses fearM, by b^ing lacked."] 
Let «s examtiie the fenfe of this in plsta profc. Tbi tarUeft 
^Psries inf9rm us, tbat tbi man infufremt c§mmandnitms akvofg 
^Jlfdfgaim tbat command, till bi bad obtain'* d it. And hi ^ 
^bAmt tbe multitudi bas e§ntin$edly foiu in a low condition, 'wbou 
fc bfgins to bi nvonttdbytbtm^ becomts to bo fearM by tbtm* But 
do the fflcilotode fear a man, becaofe they want him ? Certainly, 

Comis dearM, fy being Ucltd. 
i*i. eadcar*d» a fittoorite to them. Be(ide«» the context re- 
f aiia chia reading $ fiu- it wai not £ear, but love, that madf 
cue people flock to yoang Pomfey, and what occaiioo'd this re- 
icIioB. So in Coriolanut, 

I^aU bt lov*d, mAm lam lacfcU 

[ (a) immaturt in kntwhdgi* Oxfafd Editor.^ Vulg. bei^ 
nun ia bsmwUdge,'} 

Tot. VII. I Comes 


114 AUTONY 4f^^ C«iEOrATt 

Comes dear'd, bjr Uing 1(^4* Tfiil MmmaiiiKi^^ 

Goes CO, aoj ibsuci^« b^yiykigtiie vAry«»g.tJdet . 
To rot icfelf wick cnocion. 

Mef. C^gfir^ I bring tbee wi9iti» 
ilf«(Mriito and il^ScM^ 

Make the fta ferve them $ wbicn ^jm^ and wQHOfA 
With keels o( every kind. Ma«y ha!t wtodm 
They make in //^i^^ the borders maritime 
LacK bkxxl to think en% and flufli youth lej^lt : 
Nq vefiel Gin peep fprth^ bot ^is as feon 
Tak^n as feen : for Pcmpefs name Aiifces more. 
Than could his war refifled. 

Cef, AnUnr^j 
Leave ikf kfcivieus waflaibi— When limi DQoe 
Wert beaten fh>m Muthta^ where lihou (kw^ft 

Did famine follow, whom thou TO^g^hfft againft 
(Though daintily brou^t uj^ with paticifS oyDtc 
Thao b^ages could ivattr. ^hou didft drinfit 
The ftale of horfes, and the giMed puddte 
Which be^ would cough at. Thy fUkte then <M 

The rougheft berry on the nideft hedge : 
Yea, like the ftag, when fhow the pafture Iheet^s. 
The barks of trees thou browfed'fl:. On the J^, 
k is jteporced, thou didft. eat ftrange flefh. 
Which fome did die to look on ; and atl this, 
Cfx wopnds .thine honour, that I fpeak it now) 
Was l^ lb like a fb]i(j(ier, that thy cheek 
So much as lank'd not. 
. I^epr *Tis pity.of hifn. 

TCijt' Let his (hames quickty 
Drive him to Rme i time is ii:, that we twain 
Did Ihew oqrfelves i'th' field ; and to that end 
Aflemble we immediate Coiincr!; Pompey 
Thrives in our idleness. 

AsTOHr and Ci.eo»atm/# h ^ 

. Ltp. TadM)frow> Otfint. 
I iball be ftirnifh'd fx> inform yea Agbdy^ - 
Both ii»(to bf let and iaiid I oui (k able» 
To front this pFdent time. 

Citf. 'THl which eneowiter^ 
b is niy bttfioeft «oo. 'Farewell 
' hep. Farewd, my lord: 
What you Ifaall know mean Imie of fttri ahrsad^ 
I (hall tefeech yoO) Idt me be partaker. 

C DMbr it not, Sir } I knew it #br ftiy betid. 
Farewtf. [J&r#iw/. 

• ^ 


' ebiti»ti ft tbe P»hee in Atexiuidt^i. 

■ . ■ ■• 

Buer CfeopaM, Gfaarniaiiy Ifas, ^M^Mardianr 

V^ C&>f . Madam ? 

Cko. Ha^ . ha— *-give me to drink Mandragoroi. 

Cbar. Why, Madam? 

Qeo. That J might deep out this great ^p of im%% 
My Antovrf is aw^y. 

C&7r. You think of him too much. 

Cko. O, *tis treafon. 

Char. Madam, I truft not (b. 

Qeo. Thou, wmich, Mardian^—^ 

Mar. Whites your Highnds* pleafure ? 

(SUo. N6£ now to hear theefinfi;. I take no pleii$at 
In aught an eunuch has ; *tis well fipr thee. 
That, being unfeminar^d, thy freer thoughts 
May not ^ forth Qf MpP^. H^ft thou affirdions ? 

Mar. Yes, gracjous M^d^^- 

Cieo. Indeed ? 

Mar. Not in deed. Madam i for I :Can da nothing 
^t wbac in^ied is tolieft to te done : 
¥«tbareX#tro(afiWtoM» aod^iisk, 

I 2 Wbat 

1x6 An^tony and Cleopatra. 

What Venus did with Mars. 

Cfeo. Oh Charmian! 
Where think'ft thou he is now ? (lands he» or fics he i 
Or does he walk ? or is he on his horfe ? 
Oh happy horfe, to bear the weight oi Anton;/! 
Do bravely, horfe \ for, woc'it thou, whom thou 

mov'ft ? 
The demy Atlai of this earth, the arm 
And burgonet of man. ** He's fpeaking now, 
*^ Or fluirmuring, wherc*s my ferpent of old Nik?-^ 
** ("For fo he calls me;) Now I feed myfelf 
** With moft delicious poifon. Think Qn^Cy 
'^ That am with Phmhus^ amorous pinches blacky 
H And wrinkled deep in time. Broad-fronted C^^OTy 
When thou vraft here above the ground, I jya$ 
A tnorfel for a monarch ; and great Pompey 
Would ftand and make his eyes grow in my brow ; 
There would he anchor his afpeft, and die 
With looking on his life. 


Enter Alocas. 

AUx. Sovereign of Mgypt^ hail ! 

Oeo. How much art thou unlike Mark Antovy ? 
Yet coming from him, that great mcd'cinc hath 
With his tinft gilded thee. 
How goes it with my brave Mark Antony ? 

Alex. Laft thing he did, dear Queen, 
He kill-, the !aft of many doubled kifles," 
This orient pearl, — His fpeech flicks in my heart. 

Geo. Mine ear muft pluck it thence, 
• Akx. Gcfod friend, quoth he. 
Say, the firm Roman to great A£gypt fends 
This treafure of an oyftcr ; at whole foot. 
To a>end the petty prefenr, ^ I will pace 


Her ofa/ent tbrom nvith Ah^Jom-^'] This expreiHoa <jf 
pi9dng her tMhf^ U indired tolerable^ but hvcly io. No 


Antony and Cleopatra. 117 

Her opulent throne with kingdoms. All the eaft^ 
Say thoUp (hall call her miftrcls. So, he nodded ; 
♦ And ft)berly did mount an arm-gaunt ftecd, 
^ Who neigh'd fo high, that what 1 would have fpoke. 
Was beaftly done by him. 

bongling carpenter could have exprefled his labour worfe. I 
iul'j^ that Sbakefpear wrote, 

' / 'Wili PACE 

Her 9ftiUnt thrmte itfitb kingd$mt. 
f. f. I will ered aa imperial throne for her» and Cftry J^ep up ta 
it (hall be a kingdom. The expreflion is noble, and the idea vallly 

4 jMdfiitrfy did mount an zrm-pffinx fteed,"] /. /. his fteed 
worn Ida and diin by much fervke in War. So Farefax^ 

His Stail'V/OTTx^fed tiff ehamfion ftoui beftrode^ [ ,; • 

5 Wh9 neighed fo loudy that 'what I<wQuldha^t/p9k<t 
Wmshtaftlf dvm^ iydim.'} Mr. Theobald ttsids dumh^dp 

pat to filence. Alexas means (fays he) the borfe made fu<h m 
\*lhing that if he had /poke he C9uld nat hante been heard, A 
very pretty fpeech, and agre^ble to the politenefs of one of 
Cittpatra^i courtiers. Shake/pear wrote, 

fVh9 neighed fi iaud^ that ivhat Iivwld ha^ej^oke 

Was heafiiy done bj himm 
J. '. the fenfe of what I would have fpoke the horfe declared^ tho* 
ia inarticulate founds. The cafe was this, Alexas came to take 
leave of ^ff/Mjr, whp recommended a meffage to him to his miftrefi • 
dlexas thea had no more to do but make his compliments : But in 
that inftant Antony mounted his war-horfe, long accnftomed toi 
bear him, who no fooner felt his oiafter^s weight, bat, as u ufual 
far horfes of iervice, neighed in a very iprightly manner. This 
circumfbu^ce, (fuch a one as poets and romancers when the^ 
(peak of their heros^ adventures^ never fail to improve) Alexas t« 
nadeto turn to a compliment kxl Antony, which could not bujt 
picale Cleopatra. I was goingy fays he» to pajf mp farenueltom^ 
piiments to Antony, to pr§di& his future fuccejfest and tofalnta 
him with the ufual appellations of vi^ory^ nuhen thi horfe got tha 
fart of me I and ly his neighing fi high and fprightly, Jbenved 
bim to be fonfible that he bad a hero on his back tvhom he iajos 
bearing to coufueft. But we are not to fappofe that Alixat after 
this dS not m^ his fpeoch, but let* die hero*s hoxfe do it for him* 
This was only a (mall interruption to his compliments, which, at 
a flattering circumftance, he mentions to pleafe his miftrefs. T1|9 
error of dumb for doney feems to have b|^n occafioned by thf 
editor's pdjftakmg the word high for loud^ whereat it here fignifi^ 


I i Ck9^ 

I^lfi^ A^I9TONlFi4e>Ml ClrEerA^tlRA.' 

i K », 

Clii, *SCfaat, wa»4ie lU w meny P 

jf;{^x. Like to tht ninte o*di* foar, JiKwem th' 

Of het M(i ooid^ he vat inr fad, iM mny.^ 

Cleo\ Oh well- divided difpofitioM! 
Note him, good Charmian^ *tis the man i but note 

httn^ - " " 

He was not Tad, for he woiHd fliine on tfac^ 
That make their looks by his^: He was fiot meny, 
Which fcem'd to tell them, his remembrance lay 
In j^g^t with his joy % Wit between both. 
Ob heav'niy mingle! be'ft thou fifed, or merry. 
The vid4efice of eithef th^'become*, ^ ' 
So does it no man elfe. Metf ft thou my pofts f 
. jtlex. Ay, Madam, twenty feveral moflfengM* 
Why do yoU: (end fo chick i 

Oeo, who's born that day, \ 

tVhen f forget to fend to JitUong^ ,. /, .^ 

Shall die a beggar. Ink and paoer, Chaim^aK 
Welcome, my good AUms. Did I, Ck^i^^M^ 
Ever \ovcCffar fo ? ^ 

Cfar. Oh, that brave Cf/Zrr/ 

C^(?. Be choak'd with foch another emphafit ! 
Say^ the hnive vf<^^;yy. ...... 

Cka. The valiant Ga?/flr. 

C/<rp. By ^J, I will give thee bloody icct^^ .. *) 

If thou, with C^far paragon n^^aio ^ ^ 

My n^an of men. 

Cbar. By your moft gracious pardon^p 
I fing but after you* 

Cko. ^My iallad days ; 

Whtn fnibaigrkifr AJumfin, ciUim BkoiJ ^ ' ^ » 
^•Jby^ as Ifaii thtn,-^ TMs puzfl^ |8c k'ie ^dStor <ilr. 

Theobaltf. Hefa/s, OsiOfAtxzh^\^ak nfi^ 
htnmpt if ih-pi^mnr it Uat perM: tuf k^w iffSffwiib n- 
iatiiH fht t9Ui^rifitrf^tJbd^itti^m4miifim»mf/fi$ky^^ 
employs JMs karning to prove, that at ^^0$JU km» ^ fkt hM 

When I was greeiv in judgmeot.«--^CMd in UAod ^ " 
To tkff » I 'ftkf thcn,*--But come away, : 
Get me ink and papdr ; 

He ihall bave every day feVeral gitsedngi^ Or IHl' 
unpeople jEg^. XSxiUia. 

A C T II. S C EN B I. 

s I c t t r. 

.. ? 

£vMr Pompeys Meo^cMes^ mid Mcfm; 

P o K # 1 ir« ' 

IF the great Gods be juft. tbey (hall affift 
The deeds of jufteft men. 
Mem. Know^ worthy ftmfey^ 
That what they da delays thqr not deny; 

tmf. ' While wearefttitors to (heir ThFaMtdiolay^ 
The ttung we iue for. 


fte liad leen tucnty good yean. Bat yet he thinks hb aothor 
nay be jofttfied, benMife Phttatch cdls CUpfutra at thofe yeart, 
Xepm idMoh^lf 10 ladD wifev joft tbe coatnry » ftr diat ftale 
whidi the Gr/i^«/ defijgned oy lUfir»wa$ the my hdg^^ • 

Bat SJbaJte^ar*i beft jaftification it rcftoring his own Tenie» which 
iidope niady by a dificmt poiatiiig* 

Wb$m I was gr$im injui^wmtt. CM h bkmtt 

CUV f» 3/mi( is aa uplirakni^ exMlblatioB to her fflftid. Thtfi^ 
t^ Am^ mfiri mffidisui dtffi, wiM t^MU gnem in jtfdrmnh 
miymr ihod is su e§ld 4U apr i«4PMsr» i/jf^ bav4 M fitmt 
w^j km gf ihJM^s M9W as Ikadikim, ' 

I inilewtare/uit9rstotitirTir§9i, PICAYS 
fii thif^ wi fiafor.l This nonfenfe Ihoiild be nad thoi^ 

.. WiiU wi MKi faiiori io ikir fhvtip otiArV 

' I 4 iOMicratm 


Mm. WCt ignorant of our felves, 
Bq; often our own harms, which the wife powers 
Deny us for our good ; fo find weprofic 
By loQog of our prtyera. 

Tom. 1 iball do well : 
The peo^e love me, and the fea is mine \ 
My pow Vs (<i) a creicent^ and my auguring hope 
Says, it will come to ch* iuU. Mark AiUMf 
In Mgypt fits at dinner, and will make 
No Uftafs without doors,- Cafar gets mony, where 
He lofes hearts i />^Wiii flatters Both« 
Of Both is flattered \ but he Neither love$» 
Nor Either cares for him« 

Mttne. Cdtfar and Lepidus are in the field^ 
A mighty ftrength they cvry. 

Potni Where have you this? 'tisfalfe. 

Mem. FromSihiHs, Sir. 

Pom. Hti dreams $ I know, they are in Rome to* 
Looking for Jntony : but all the charms of love, 
Salt CUapatra^ foften thy w«n lip !. 
Let witchcraft join with ofa^cy ; luft with both ! 
Tie up the libertine in ^ f\e1d of feafis, 
Ke?p, hi? brain fuming t Epicurean cooks, . 
Sharpen with cloylels iauce his appetite \ ,: 
That fleep and feeding may prarc^ue bis honour, • 
• Even 'till a Letbe^d dulnef s 

MemcraUs had iaid, ne GoJs do not deny that which they dtUf^ 
The other turns his words to a diiTtront meanVn^, and repHes, 
Delay it the vtfy tHng wt ihg tf them. s. e, the delay of oar 
enemies in snaking preparation i^nft nss which he expUuos 
afterwards, by faying Mark Antony was tied up by^ loft in ^Sgftl 
C^favy by avarice at Romt \ and I^efidus employeli In keeping 
wcU wi:h both. 

t (a) a cnfcetiti Mr, I^/^iiiW.— —Volg: an cref^ent.^ 


Antony and Cleo^at-rm. 

Enter Varrius. . j 

How now, Varriust *^' 

Var. This is iiM^ oertaiiH ihac I fhall ddiyer : 
Mark AUaiff is every hour in Rome < 

Expeded. Since he went from Mg^^ *cis 
A fpaoe for farther travel. 

Torn. I oouki have given lefi matter 
A better ear. M^nas^ I did not thkik. 
This amorous furfeiter would have donn'd his hdm 
For foch a petty war ; his foldierlhip 
Is twice the other twain ; but fetus rear 
The higher our opinion, that-our Sirring ' • 
Can Aom the lap of JBgypt*% widow phick 
The oe'er-Iuft- wear iedjii/^. a 

Men, I cannot hope, 
Cafar and Jntony fhall well greit together. 
His wife, who's dead, did trefpaffis to C/efiir ; 
His brother warr'd upon him, although i think^ 
Not mov'd by Antony. 

?(m. I know not, Mtnas^ 
How kfler enmities may give way to greater, 
^ere't not that we fiand up againft them all, 
Twere pregnant, they Ihould jquare between thcmf- 

fel ves I 
For they have entertained caufe enough 
To draw their (words ; but how the fear of us 
May cement their diviiions, and bind up 
The petty dificienoe, we yet not know. 
Be't, as our Gods will hav*tl it only ftands 
Our lives upon, to uft oar ftrongeft hands. 
Cbme, Mmas. \ExenM. 


t;ii2 Antrim 4in^ ChEoPkttL A. 

(Smnges A Rdne. 

jiffter Uttcbiabta Md Lepidus; 

JJp./^ 00T> EM^hrhs^ 'tw a worthy deed, 
VJ And ftioU become you wd), t'entroat y^iv 

To foft and g^tk i^)ee€tu 
Eno. I ihall cofreai him ^ 

To anfwcr, like himfelf ; if C4r/2rmpve, ^Ofb 

Let ^4»/<7»yllook ovei CefarWmd^ . . . ^ 

And fpcak as loud as ikfari. V^^JupUir^ 

• Were I the wearer of -^^«ia**b«tfd^ . 

Iwouldpot.itev'tiodw. ,,' ,. I 

iU^. 'Us not a dme for private ftoa^afiun|(, 
J&M Bvorytiine ^\ 

Serves for the matter that is theo boni »\ 
Xi^. But fmall to greater matter* mit,^f!^ ymf^, 

Em. Jfcfcf^ if «lie fmall come firft. 

Ltp. Ydwr i|K»cfc is paflioni ^, 

Botf pity yott^ ftiv no embeis ujp. i^rt cpfn^ 

The noble AntoKf. 

EniBt Antony ^^ VtineidiM; 

JEw, And yonder, (?^r. 

jg^z/err Otsfar^ Meeaanas^ aid Agrippa. 
^»/. If we c6mp6ft ifrelf here, t6 Foftbia. 

lA»xk^- Vinti^us. 
Csef/i -do not know; Mecanasj ask Ajirijplpa. 
'Lep, Noble friends, 

2 Wirt lihe wearer of Antonio*/ beard, 
1 wouU not J^av^jlfff9 daj.} Alluding Co thesphrafe, IvnO 



That which cbihbinM u^ #a!5 rtibff gfcit, attd fct rtoc 
A kancf atflfen rend us. What's amifs,* Z 
May h be gently heard. When we debate 
Our triviat difierenoe loud» we do conomit 
Murther in heafing wounds. Then, nobte partner^ 
(The rather, ibr I eameftly befeeehj 
Touch ytw the fbl^reft points with fwectcft terms. 
Nor curnncfs grow to th' matter. 

Jni. 'tis ffokdn well J 
Were we before Mt armies, and to %hf^ 
I (houkf do thos. tPtautiA 

C4. ^dctmc to ^tdne. 
jbu. Thank you. ' i. . 

C4. Sit. - vv- 

Jnt. Sit, SSr; • -: 1 • ' ^ 

Gf/ Nay, then . - ;j m .. - 

^ji/. I learn, you uke things ill^^ l^hicK iffi Hotlbi: 
Or, being, tdktttn you not, 

Cef. I muft be laught at, • r - - 

If, of for nbtMne, of a lifele, f • ^ - ^ 

ShooJd fiy toyfeffoffended, and wffh y6a 
Chiefly i'cfa^ wof Id ; Mofe laught at, that t £tou!dj 
Onoe name you defogatefy, when to found 
Your tiame it not concernM we. * 

M.lAy being in JE^t^ C^Jar^ Whdt waS'f t6 ydU * 

Ctxf. No more than my refiding here ^t Rome 
Might be to you in Mgypt: yet, if you there 
Did pradife on my ftate, your being in ^gypt 
Might be my <}ueuion. 

Ant. How intend you, pra£tia*d ? 

Citf. You may be pleased to catch at min« intent. 
By what did here befall. I Your Wife and Brother 

3 • » • '■ nmr Wifi MiBrtUr 

Madi Wars upon mi^ Mm! tbiir ContifiatiM 
Was theam ftrytm^ jou ^tri $bi WbfJl §fWaf!\ The otfv 
Maabig #f *lhJl Uft to| dUtt tbe war; wMtii AkMfl ^\ft and 
brother made upon C^r/Sir, wAf #AnM» for AitM^ too m w« f fc fr ' 
wif i or W8| Ui« ocqu&oa why he did make war. Bat this 


124 An^ TON Y <7W Cleopatra, 

■ ■ • 

I^^e wan upon me ; and their conceftatkm 
Was tbcamM for you, you were the word of war, 

jtnt» You do miftake your bufinefs : ^ my brother 
Did urge me in his a6t : I did require ic. 
And have my learning from fbme true reports 
That drew their fwords with you. Did he not rather 
Difcredit my authority with yours. 
And make the wars alike againit my (lomach. 
Having alike your caufe? of this, myletcers 
Before 4id &Msfic you. If you'll patch a (quarrel, 
(As matter whole you've not to make it with,) 
It muft n6i \>t with this. 

Caf. ifou praifc yourfclf. 
By laying defefts of Judgment to nac : ^t 
You patch up your excufes. 

JnU Notfo, notibi 
I know yQU could nof lack» (I*m certain 9Ti%) ^ 
Very neceflity of this thought, that I> . 
Your Partner in the caufe 'gainft which he. fought. 
Could not with grateful eyes attend thole wars. 
Which fronted mine own peace. As for my Wife, * 
1 would, you had her fpirit in fucb another i 
The third o'th* world is yours, which with a fnaffle 
You may pace cafici but not fuch a Wife. 
' Eno. * Would, we had all fuch Wives, that the Men 
might go to wars with the Women ! 

is dirc&(y contrary to the context, i\hich fhcws, Jntony did nei- 
ther encourage chem ro it, nor Tecond them in it. Vfc cannot 
doubt then, but the pocc wrote; 

-'^^"^andtb^tr con tt Ration 

»-■ I 

tVas thtpm'd yir you, 

r»j. The pretence of thtir.vrar was on your accoimt. They took 
up arms in your name, and yoa were made the tlieaic and fuhjcd 
of their infurredion. 

4 — — — my Brother never 

Did urge me in himaa ;— ^i— ] i « #. ne?er did. make afcL of 
my name aft a preteuce foir the war. 

Antony and Cito? at k a. i2i 

Am. So much uncurbable her garboilcs, C\efar^ 
Made out of her impatience, which not wanted ' 
Shrewdneis of policy too, I grieving grant, ' 
Did ?ou too much difquict : For That you muft 
But vxf^ I could not help it. 

C^f. I wrote to you, 
Vi\uak rioting in Alexandria^ you 
Did pocket up my letters ; and with taunts 
Did gibe my miffive out of audience. 

Jbu. Sir, he fell on me, ere admitted : then 
Three Kings I had newly fcafted, and did want ^ 
Of what I -^^s ?th* naming: but, next day, 
* I cold him of my felf j which was as much 
M to have ask'd him pardon. Let this fellow 
Be nothing of our ftrife : if we contend. 
Out of our queftion wipe him. 

Cf/; You have broken 
The aftide of your oath, which you (hall never 
Haie tongue to diargc me with! " 

l4p. Sbk^Gefar. - * ' ^^ 

Jnt. N«, Le^dus, let hirti^fpeak ; 
' The Honour^s facred which he talks on now, 
Suppofing, that I lackt it :. but on, Ca/ar^ 
Vk article of my oath — 

Citf. To knd me arms and aid, when I reqqir'd theml 
The whkh you both deny U ^ 

Au. N^leded, rather: 
And then, when poifon'd hours had bound me up 
From mine own knowledge ; as nearly as I may> 
ril play die Penitent to you. But mine honcfly 
Shall not make poor my Greatnefs ; nor my Power 
Work without it. Truth is, that/WWi, 
To have mc out of ^^;jp/, made wars hciej 

^ItMbimofn^felfi ] /. e. told him the coodition I 

WM in. when he had his lail audience. '-«wiao^ * 

latl ^»««r', iacred ] Sacr^i/^^ anbrokcn, unvior 


For wliic^ mf ^^ ibf Agnowit <nfiKiw» do 

So far ask pardoq^.^be^ xnioe^^pMr , ^ 

To ftoop in fuch a cafe. 

JL^ 'TIs noMy ippt^cn. 

jlf^^. If it might pkafe y,ou^ totnforce oo^-tte 
The griefs between ye: totorget tbcm^uitei 
Were to remember, ^ the pceioRt If m 
Speaks to atone you. 

Lep. Worthily Qx)kco» Jiffc^n^, 

Eno^Ov^ if you 6QrjQW.OQeanQtbi;r*s]gye fix.tbei^^ 
ftant, you unay^ when yoM heir no iporc voiids.of 
Pompey^ return jt s^gain : ^ou (hMlhtTetiineii) vrw^ 
in» when you h^ve i;K)thi0g elft to 49i. * 

^/. T^ou art a Soldier^ o^ly fppak np «w>fcw 

£ii^« ThaJt CTMth Should tie (i^cHb 1 ^ M aiiDoft 

; .^£«/^ You wrong this Prc^lence^ tlMnfillve^fpw^aiD 

Ena. Go to then : your coofidciatelloMtrrrr- 
Cef. 7 1 do not much diflikc the jniwnAr^ buK 
The matter of this fi)tech : for't caumoc bQ» 
We (hall remain in/rieiidOiip, our crwdiriMt 
So differing in their ^ds. Yet, if j kx^tm 
What hoop would hold us ftaun^bj f r^m.e^ m idgt 
Cy t)a( %orldy I would puriue it. 
Agr. GWe me leave, C^fiur. Y 

C^?/ Speak, Jgrippa. ^ 

7 I Jfi Mot mviff ^iflih tie.tBXMr^ hu 

^be manner of bis JpeicM: ] Whae,4lililliasetfae4MMir 

of it ? when he fays prefendy after, th^ he w^miU do f vciy rknf 
CO prevfntUie evil Enoharius predicted. Be{ides,iire we to WjVf 
Chat «Q«ifiiOA civilky wooM Aifirr him to take the i&ie 11097 
with Amtofy'^ hit^tt$i^i^ ifasU AnU»; himMfdidf SbtMidr 

wrot^ r 

Id§not mmch iljlike the manlier^ iui ,\ 


AdmirM OSavUl ^wtjifyrk A1M9 
Is mom 4 WidpiMT. 

C^ Say not ib,^{^; 
ff ClippaSrahaurd you, your Afiproof 

jfm. I am notmarried, G^» let p9chgn 
Jpippa funhcr ^nk. 
Agr. TaboldfOMiaforfmial Anuty, 

To make you tWidiW) luid 10 knk yo9r Jmm 
Wkh an unflipping knot, iak« Jbum/ 

Q£(Mai to hit Wife ; whofe ficaoty claims 
No ?KMrle a HmbMd thaa the beft of oiea ( 
Whofe Virme, and whofe gehepil Graces fpwc 
Tint wliidi none elie can uttet By ihui xtkstaig^ 
All little jealoufies^ vM^ new ton greats 
AndaUnescteis^ wfaioh noir import their dangers^ 
Woald then be MtlNii^. Trudis wottklbelut lafes^ 
Where now hdf tales be truths: her kiveto bqtht 
Wouki each 10 other^ and all loves to both 

D^wrafer^. AudoB what I iiave ii)okflb 
For 'oaa^udiM, mt a poefent tbwght, 
% duty ruminated. 
^ Aid. Will OjErr fpeak? 

Not 'tili he heirs, how ^/Mjr is ioy(^'4 
what is fpoke already. 

Afd. What Pimor is io^^^rg^ 
(If i wttdd&y, «' 4^^^^ be iti»,*') 

C^ The Power of C^^ and 
His rower linto OStvvia. 

AmI» May I never 
To thiagoadparpofe, diat & fiurly ibewa, 
Dream of impedmient ! let me have ihy hand ^ 
Fuci^er of grace: anc|» from tmshour, 
^tYk tM^art df brothers j^overa in oMt lovQS^ 
Aiid fway^our ^reat deugnsJ .J 
>^/* There u my hand : 

iaS AniyoKVi and Cleopatjia* 

A Siftrr I bequeath you, whom no Bioiher 
IXd«<kar!y. Let her live 
To joio <MK kingdoms, and our Heaftt» «aa tMver 
Fly off our iQves again ! 

- Lff> Happily* anwn. , ^^^ 

^. 1 did not. think to draw my fwond' gaiat 

For he hath laid ftrangp courtcfics and great 
Of late upon mc. I muft thank him only, 
-Left my remembrance fiiflfer ill report i 
At heel of that, dcfic him. 

Ijp. Time calls opqnV; 
Of us muft Pmptf prdfeotly be lougliC, 
Ofs elie he fecks out us. 

jtii. Where lyes he? 

Otf. About the Mount Mifmmu 

Jut. WbatishisftrcnBthbyLand? . 

Csf Great, and increafing: but by Sa • 

He is an abfolute Matter. 

Ant. So is the fame. , . . ^ '; . 

* •Would, we had fpoke together ! haftc we for it ; 
.Yet, ere we p« our fclvcs in armSi difpafich we 
The bufinefs we have talk*d of. 

. O/ With moft gladnefs i 
And €o invite you to my Sifter'a vie Wy 
Whither ftraight 1*11 lead yoii. » 

Ant. Let us, Ltpiiiis^ not lack yovu-^ompany. 

Lepi Noblc^i>«jr, not fickncfs fljo^Jd detaim m«. 



s c EN E ni. 

Mamnt Enobarbus, Agrippa, Mecigpas. 

A6r- Wdooraefrpmj^j:?/, Sir.- *• 

Ent. Half the heart of OfoTy worthy Af foetus I 
* my hononraBle'friWid.y^j^tf-' — 7- . ^. 

>^r. Good BnoSarhs f ' 


Mic. W^ have onfe to he glad, riiat tuaiters are 
£> wdl digeftcd : you ttxf^d i9tH by^ ih j£/J!^. 

£pii« Ay, iftfji «re did 8eq> day out of oountcfiance^ 
and made the night light with drinking. 

Mec. Eight wild Imirs roafted whole at a breakfidl,' 
ind battwdve peffoiis there i-*-«— h this true? 

Em. This was but as a flic by an eagle : we had 
much mOre monftrous matter of fcaft, which worthi- 
ly deiervcd noting. 

Mr^. She's a mdft triumphahc Lady, If rrport be 
Iquare to her. 

Eho. When (he firft met iHEin( Antoff^^ Ihe parsed 
sp his heart ujXMi the river of Cyinus. 

Afr. There fhe appeared, indeed; or my reporter 
devi$*d well for her. 

Bm. I will tell you 1 
'' The Barge ffie fat in, Ifke a bUmifhM Throh^» 
*' Burnt oiv the water ; the poop was beaten g6kl, 
^ Piirple the iails, and lb perfumed, that 
**. The Winds were tove-fick with Vm 5 th* oan were 

« fllver, 
^ Whidi tS the tune of flutes kept ftmke, and made 
*< The water, which they beat, to follow fafter, 
^ As amorous of their ftrokes. For her own pertbn^ 
** It begg^r'd all defcription ; Ihe did lye 
^ In her pavilion, ck>th of gold, of tiflue, 
«* • 0*cr- pidtning that Vtms^ where we fee 
^ The Fancy out-work Naturi. On each fide hcr^ 
^ Stood pretty dimpled Boys, like fmilins Ckpids^ 
^ With divers- coloured fans, whofe wind did Ibem 
^ To ^ow the delkate checks which they did cool, 
^ And what they undkl, did. 
Agr^ Oh, rsLrt(6r ufntoffjf f 
Eno. ^ Here Gendcwomen, like the Keriubf 

i (fer-pi^mring that Venus, n»beri nutfn ki^.] MaaAingdlt 
Tiint dl Pr$t$gimn mentioned by ftitn^ 1. 1$. €. to. 

. Vot.VII. K ' **&• 

130 Antony and CL««»ArT:»<A^ 

«< So many Mcrniftids^ tmded ker i' tk* cfn^ 
«^ 9 And made tbstr Bends adortngi. Ac the hthtu^ 
<< A feemiag Mermaid Ann } the filkeo wk\m 
<^ Swell with the oouchesoC tfaoie ftMrcr-^foft.handi» 
«^ That yarely fcame theoffioe. FVom thefihrge 
A ilrange inviiible pei:fiimc hm. the ienfe 
Of the ad)i€eat whavfs. The Cky caft 
Her People out upon her % and jMwf^ 
£nthron*d i* th* Market-placc, did fit alone^ 
WbiftUngeoth^air? 'Which, bat ibr^ nmiicy^ 
Had gone to gaze on Cleopatra too, 
Aod made 4 ^ap^m Natoro. 

Jgr. Rare^jfrttoi/ 

Ena. Upon her landing .dfiiMgr fitttMther,. 
Invited lier to fupper : (he rcply'd^ 
It (hould be better, he became her godft^ 
Which ibeintreaced. Our couiteous Aniti^^ 
Wliom oe*er tlie word of No Woma^ iMarddfae^ 
Being barber^ ten twieso'er, goes ta tfar finft % 
And for his ordinary, pays his hemB» , ' 

For what his eyes eac only. 

jigr. Royal Wench! 
She made great C^ffar lay his fword to bed $ 

9 And made their hends adornings.— — -] Thu l^.fenfe !■• 
deed> and may be andcrftood thus, her maids bowed wl&To gQioj^ 
an air, thitc it added new graces to them. But this h ne^ w&c 
Shakefpear would fay : Cleopatra, in thh ftin<NU.leene; peitfjiiatei 
Finmt juft ri/l'^ ^r<»^ the waives: at which tine ck^ Mytbotogtit 
t^n U.S the Sea-deities furxounded the goddefs to adore^ an^ Wf 
her homage. Agreeably to xhis fable Cteotatra haS OTeiTed 
hdrmaidsy the pdet tdls fts, like Nereids, To ihakfe- the whole 
therefore conformable to jjie l^ry reprefriited> we flMy be^ffared^ 
Shaie/pearvf rote, 

And tnait the^ir hends a j»o hikg s • 

They did htr«bfisnrancem the poflure q£ Mdoratimh-^ ifihe luri 
been ^enm^ 

I • ■. ■ i ivkkh, hut for ^Htcan<y • • . . , • 

fiifd'g^me'-^^'} Alluding to an axiom in the^dripateticp^ 

lofophy then in vogue, that-Amrrr alsborsa nmiwism. • '-^ 


*i ^ 

He ploi^lfd^her, anAlhifcmpt. 

Emff^ I €tiw kef onK 
Hoe foMf poos dirott^ eke ^uUick Artec : 
And having loft her breathy Ale ipofce^ -and p^frte4 
And l»-eathlefi power breathe fordL 

A£rr. NoW' Jfo/owy xnuft .leave her -uttelly* 

Ef§o. Never, he will not. 
Age cannot wicherher, nor cuflom ftale 

Herw6niwiwiiN)r; «h^ 

The 4ppMtfq» (hf y kpii v. ^ ibfi tmto JiwgcfTt 

Where moft fhe facisfies. For vileft things 
Become themfelves ip ber^ (bat fCh^ bfsiff Priefts 
Sk/ihfc, «hmAiekfiggift^ 

A/irr. Mf beauty, wKdom^ nMMi#r^ Jliu» Irlilt ^ . 
Tbe heart i>f 4iiMy9!» OSinMiit i 
A bled aUoct?ry to him. «: ... ; ) 

cod JBffo^tf 

Good Eimarius^ make yoorlelf my gpiieft^ . i 
Eno. HaxfAAjt Sir, ItbawkyoiL [Emmrii^ 

Eniir Antpny^ Oefar, Qffaivia between tbem. 


</lff^. The world, and my great office will fomt* 
CMcle me from your bofoou 
. ^QOn AU which time, 
Befbre theGods my knee fhall bow inptaywa 
To tiiem for you. 
; jUf. Oood night. Sir. My OSavia^ 

t y t^itmfft miifdom, modefy^ canfittti 
Jhe biMrt tf Antony, Odavia it 

A blefled lo ttart <• Ain.] Mcttiin^, k ii a jtsf iadir* 
fi»Mit«MipUii|tBt is Mic^nas to «ail Oamvim a /i/Z/ry^ at if flie 
might tnia np hhmk^ as weU as prove a/ruw to Amt9mf\, The 
poet wrote, as 1 have reform^ ;he text, allott^I^Y, diere h^ 
nferfs aqmlCdMerence between ^///o' and miUttirj^ $^ J^Ftwieps a 
p^nc de^oaMPl IMad a fiitore cb^wicei 

^>'> K 2 Read 

i3t' Ai*TONY and Clbopatrju 

Read not my blemifhcs in the world's report: 
I have not kept my Iquare, but That to come 
Shall all be done by th* rule } . g^XKi nighty, dear Lady. 

03a, Good night, Sir. 

C4sf. Good nighu {^xeunt Oeiar Md OAavuL 


Enter Sdotbfaytr. 

Ant. Now, iirrah ! do you wifli your ftlf in Mgypi t 
Sootb.^'^oaiii I had never come from thence, nor 

you chitherl ' 

Jnt. If you can, your leafbn ? 
Sootb. ^ i fee it in my Motion, have it not in my 
Tongue \ but yet hie you to Mgypt again. 

^. Say to me, whofe fortune (hail rHe Higher, 

Sootb. Oefar^s^i ^Therefore, oh Afitonfy ftay not 

by his fide/ 
. Thy JXmof$f chat's th^ fpirit which keeps thee, ts 
Noble, ' couragious, high, uncnatcb:|ble. 
Where C*efar"s is nor. But, near him, thy angd 
» Becomes a Fear, as being o'crpower'd \ and chetto- 

M>^^ ^pa<^ enough between you. 
yfnt. Speak this no more. 
Sootb. To none but thee ; no morcf, but when to 


If thou deft play with him at any game, 
ThouVt furQtolofc: and, of that natural luck. 
He beats thee, 'gainlt xhe odds. Th y 1 uftre thickeiu. 
When he (hines by : I fay again, thy Spirit 
Is all afraid to govern thee near him. 

i^L/ki it in Mjr motion, — ] i. g. the divinttory tfkfttkm. 

3 Bicmis a Fear, — ] i. t. a fearful thing. The abftraa far 
the concrete. 

T J But, 

ANTONY <7W Cleopatra. 133 

Bar, he away, *ris noble. 

jlnt. Get Ace gone : 
Say to VentuUusy I would fpcak with him. 

., A .. * , . [£»/'Sooth. ' 

He fliall to Partbia ; — be it art, or hap. 

He hath fpokemie. The very dice obey him % 

And, in our Sports, my better cunning fainu 

Under his chance ; if we draw lots, he Ipeeds j 

His cocks do win the battle fiill of mine, 

When, it is all to nought: and his quaib e^ " ~ 

Beat mine, in-hoopM at odds. I wilf io"je^ti 

And though I make this marriage for my peace, ' 

P d»' eaft my picafarc lies. Oh, come, P^sidius. 

EnUr Ventidius. . •>.,,- 

YMfmAi to Parfbia, ytirf^omniiffioriVrfedy: 
Follow me and rcceiv'c. « i \E^^uk. 

EiHer Lepidus, Mecaenas, *tf»^ Agrippal 

,7^ TwHJblc your fclvc$ no farther : priy you 
haften ^j * 

Your Generals after. 
-•/- ^JP"' Sir, MarkAnttmf 
Will c*en but kifs ORavia^ and we*Jl follow. 

Ij^. •Till I (hall fee you in your Soldim* drefi. 
Which will become you Both, fairwel. 
. J|i;jf..Weftiall, 
As I conceive the journey, be at tM mount 
Before you, Lefidus. 

Ltp^ Your way is fhorcer. 
My purpofes do ckaw n^e much about| 
You 11 win two days upon me. 
Both. Sir, good fuccefs* 

K 3 Sp £ N E 

13+' Anto-wv tf«d? Cleotat'r^' 

S C E N E V. . 

Chains to the Palace i* Alexandria. 

Enter Clcapatra, Charmian, Iras snd Alexas. 

Cko.f^lVlE. me fbnic itiufick: mufick, moody 

Vjr food 
Of us that trade In love 

Omnes. The hiufick, hoa I 

Enter Mardian tbe Eunuch. 


Cko. Let it alone, let*a to billiards : cbme, Cbar* 
mum. . 

Char. My arm is fore, beft play with.ildCm&M. 

Cleo. As well a woman with an Eunuch play'dg 
As with a wooun. Come^ you'll pUv with met 

, Mar. As well as I can, Madain« 
' Geo. And when good will is fhew'd» tlio'c cotae 

The aftor may plead pardon. Til none now. 
Give me niine^^Ic;, we'll to th* river, there. 
My mufick paying far.oiF, I will betray ? 

TaAvny-finn d filhi my bended hook {haH;pierce 
Their Qimy jaws ; and, as I draw them up» • . - / 
ril think them every one an Mhny^ 
And fay, ah, ha ! you're caught. 

Char. 'Twas merry, when 
You wagfsr^d on your aogjiitag; when your dimer 
Did hang a fait Hlh on his hook, which he 
W ith fervency drew up, 

^ Cfi^v That time!— *oh times! 

'I laugfat him out of paticflce^ and that night 

I laugh t him into patience $ and next morn, 

^^,t ttic ninth hour, I drunk him to his bed : 


Antony and CLEopATtiA. 155 

^ Then put my tires and mtntloi on him, whilft 

I wore nis fword PbiUppan. Oh, from Ikdy ;- ■ ■* 

Enter a Mejfmger. 

Ram thou thy faithful tidings in mine ears^ 
That long time have been barren* 

Mif^ Madam! Madam! ■ ■ 

Cle^^ AiUonf% dead?—* 
If thou fay fb, villain, thou kill'ft thy miftrefi : 
But well and firee^ 

If thou fb yield him, there is gpld, and here 
My blutfl veins to kifs : a hand, that Kings 
Have Kpt, and trembled kiffing. 

Mif. Firft^ Madam, be is well. 

Ck9. Why, (here's more gold. But, firrah, mark, 
we ufe 
To (ay, the dead are well : bring it tb that^ 
The gokl, I give thee, will I melt and pour 
Dbwn thy ill-uttering throat. 

Mef. Good Madam, hear me. 

Cko. Well, go to, I will : 
But there's no ^oodnefs in thy face. If Jnimf 
Be firee and healthful ;' why fo tart a fiivour 
To trumpet fuch good tidings f if not well, 
Thou fhouid'ft come like a fury orowaM ^ith 

^ Not like a formal mani 

Mtf, Will't pleaie you hear me ? 

Ck9. 1 have a mind loflrike thee, ere thou fpeak^i 
Yet, if thou fay Animy lives, 'tis well, ^ 
Or friends with Cdfar^ or not captive to him, 

5 1'htn fmt my tira amd mmntits en Urn, nnhUM 
InmrtkisJhji)9rdY\^vifmsu — ] ThisisfiDciy^inuigined. The 
tfakn 18 fttppoCad CO de tth *m Imitation of Omphalic in her 
licactteatof if#rrici!r/thagreataflce(larof jf«/Mr;. : 

6 fht lib M fivmal immmt.] Formal^ for oi 

K4 rii 

136 AvToNy aftd C LEO? AT ti A, 

7 ril fc; chee m a Chower of gdd, and hail 
Rich pearls. upon thee. 

Myl Madam, he's well. 
^ Ofc?. Well faid. . 

Mef. And friends with C^/ar. 

Cleo. Thou*rc an honed man. 

Mtf. Citfar and he^ arc greater friends than ever. 

Cleo. Make thee a fortune from me, ^ 

'Mc/. But yet. Madam 

Cleo. I do not like iia yet^ it does alJay 
• The good precedence; fie upon buiyet; 
But yes is as a jay Ipr to bring forth 
Some monftrous Malefador. Pr'ythce, friend^ 
Pour out the pack of matter to mrne ear^ 
The good and had together: he's friends with dtfar^ 
In ftate of health, thou lky*ft ; and thou fay*ft, free. 

A4ef. F/ce, Madam ! no: I made no fiKh rqxsn. 
He's bound unto Oiiavia. 

Cleo, For what good turn ? 

Me/. For the beft turn i* th* bed* 

Qeq. I am pale, Charmian, 

Mef. TVladam, he's married to Ollavia. 

Geo. The moft infcAious pcftilence upon thee ! 

{jSirihes Inm doum. 
JMi?/ Good Madam, patience. 
aeo. What fay you ? ISfrikes bim. 

7 nifit tbii tn ajhvwir of gold, and hail 

Rich pearls upon tbeo. ] That is, I will give thee 1 kiBodom ; 
it being the (eafteri| ceremony, ac ch( cor<matiDn of their Kings, 
to powder them with goid-dufi^XkA/itd-pearl: fo MiUom^ ^^ 

tho gorgims EaA %mtb liberal hand 
Zho'wers en her Kings harharic pearl and gold. 
In the life of Timttr^hec or Taptorltme written by a Ftvfian con- 
temporary author, are the Allowing words ^ aa tranflated by 
lAoatit^rPeiiide la Croijc, in (heacGoant thfM.gtven of hii coro- 
nation. Book ii. chap. I. Let fringes dufang n^al ^^ hs Emirt 
ftpandirent apUinet mains fnr fa tete qnaniite d*or b* de pierre- 
ries felon la coiitume. ^ 

8 7i/^W precedence 1—-] Precedencit kr precedent. 


AflTOlIY and t^LEOf AT kil i^y 



Hence, horrible villain, or Pll fpurh thine ey«" ' ' ' 
Like balls before me ; Til unhair thy head : . 

[She bales him up a/nd dium^ 
Thoa (halt be whipt with wire, and ftcw'd in brine^ 
Smarting in lingring pickle. 

Aief. Gracious Madam, 
I, that do bring the news, made not the match. 

Cko. Say, 'ds not fo^ a province I will give thee. 
And make thy fortunes proud : the blow, fhou had^ft. 
Shall make thy peace, for moving me to rage ; 
And I will boot thee with what gift befide 
Thy niodefty can beg. 

Mtf. He*s fftarried. Madam. 

Cko. Rog\», thou haft liv'd too long. 

[Draws a da£g&^ 
Me/: Nay, then Til run : ' 

What meArt ydu, Madam ? I have made no faulr.££xf/« 
Cbar. Good Madam, keep your felf within your 

The nun is innocent. 

Cleo. Some innocents '^pe not the thunderbolt ^ 
Mdt JEgyp into Ni/e ; axid kindly creature^ 
Turn all to ferpents ! call the flave again ; 
Though I am mad, I will not bite him y call. 

Cbar. He is afraid to come, 

Ck9. I will not hurt him. 
Thefc hands do lack nobilky, that they ftrikc 
A meaner than my felf : fince I myfclf 
Ha^ given myfelf the caufe. Come hither. Sir; 

Re-emer tbe Mejfet^er. 

Thoi^ it be honeft, it isnever good 
To bung bad news : give to a gracious melBige 
All hoft of tbngpes, but let ill tklings tell 
Thcmfelvcs, when they be felt, 

Msf. I have done my duty, 

Cl€9. Is be married ? 


ijS Antony wf^ CiEOFhTRA. 

1 cannot bate thee worfer than I do» 
If you again fay, Tes. 

Mef He's married. Madam. 

CUo. The Gods confound theel doft th«u hoU 
there ftill? 

Mef, Should I lie. Madam ? 

Cleo. Oh, I would, thou didfl: ; 
So half my JEgypt were fubmerg'd, and made 
A cittern for fcal'd fnakcs ! go, get thee hence, 
Hadfl: thou Narcijfus in thy face, to me 
Thou woaldft appear mod ugly : he ia married ?■■ « 

M^f. I crate yourHighndl* pardon. 

Csko. He is married ? —- 

Mef. Take no ofifcnce, that I would not oKnd 

Q) me for what you mak^ me do. 
Seems much unequal : he's married to O^avia. 
Cko. Oh, that his fault fhould make a knave of 
thee, . 
(a) That fay*ft but what thouVt fure of !— Get thit 

The merchandifes, thou haft brought from. R9me% 
Are all too dear for me : 
Lye they gpon thy hand> and be undopq by *em ! 

Char. Good your Highnefe, padencc. ; \ 

CleoJ In praifing ^/(7^, I have dilpraisM Oefiar., . 

Char. Many times. Madam. 

Cleo. I am paid for it now : lead me from hencei 
I feint ; oh Iras^ Cbarmian'-^^ lis no matter,— «•— 
Go to the fellow, good Abxas^ bid liim 
Report the feature of Ofkma^ her years. 
Her inclination, let him not leave out 
The^coiour of her hah*. Bnng me wqrd quickly,*-^ > 
Let him for ever gp— ^J^him i>ot, C&r/WMri 

[ (m) n^ijkffi Ifui iv4a#taiiOjAfd:fid)ior.««^Vi4g. n«i 


Antony and Cleofatha/ 13^ 

though he be painted one way like a Gorgmi ^ 
Th* other iray he's a Mars. Bid you jflitm 
Bring woid» how tall Oieis: pity me, CbarmMy 
Bat fpeak not to m& Lead me lo oiy chamber. 

S C E N £ VI. 

Cbanges to the Cocfi of Italy, near Mifenum. 

BMtr Pon^pey mii Meoas^ «/ om d^or^ with drum Mi 1 
Snmpei: At another j Cst&x^ Lepidus, Amony, Enot 
barbus, Mecaenas, Agrippa^ with SiMtrs marching. 

pjm^yJOVK hoftagcfs I have, fo hare you mine^ 
X And we ihall talk before we fight. 

Cef Moft meet. 
That firft we come to words ; and therefore hate we 
Our written purpofes before us fcnt 5 
Which, if thou haft confider^d, fct us know 
If 'twill tie up thy difcontented fword. 
And carff bdidk to Skiif nnich tall youth» 
That elfe muft perilh here. 

Pom. To you all three. 
The Senators alone of this great world. 
Chief fadors for the Gods, — I do not know» 
Wherefore my Father fhoujd Revengers want. 
Having a Son and Ff fends j fince Julius Oefar^ 
(Who at Phitipfi the ^X)d Brutus ghofted,) 
There faw yoo labouring for him. Whatwas it^ 
That tacM^a prfe Ct^us to confpire ? and what 
Made Thee, all4ionoQr'd, horteft Roman BtufuSj 
With the arm'd reft. Courtiers of beauteous ftttddMn, 
To drench the Capitol, but that they wtHild 
Have one man, but a nun } And That is if. 
Hath made me rig my Navy : At whofe burthen 
The anger'd Ocean foams, with which I meant 
To fcourge th* iAgrati«^ that defptg^tfiil Jtffme 
Cjaft4niM| RoMe VtAst. 


140 Antony and Cleo^atha. 

Citf. Take your time. 

Jnt. Thoucanft not fear us, P&mpey^ widi thy fsSh^ 
WcMl fpeak with thee at Tea. At land, thou know'ft. 
How much we do o'er-count thee. 

Pom. At ]and, indeed, 
Thou doft o*er-count mp of iry Father's houfe. 
But (ince the cuckow builds not for himfelf. 
Remain in'c, as thou may'/l. 

Lep, Be pleas'd to tell us, 
(For this is from the prefenr,) how you take 
The offers we have fent you. 

Cdf. There's the point* 

jint. Which do not be tntreated to, but Weigh 
What it is worth embraced. 

C^ef. And what may follow 
To try a larger fortune. 

Pom. You've made me offer 
Of Siciijf^ Sardinia : and I muft 
Rid all the fea of Pirates ^ then to fend 
Meafures of wheat to Rome: this 'greed upon^ 
To part with unhackt edges, and bear back 
Our targe undinted. 

(hmtes. That's our offer. 

Pom. Know then, 
I came before you here, a man prepdr'd 
To take this oner : But Mark Jhiony 
Put me to fomc impatience. — Though f lofc 
The praife of it by telling, you muft know, ^ 

WKen C^ir^and your Brother were at blows. 
Your Mother came to Sicily^ and did find 
Her welcome friendly. 

jht. I have heard it, Pompey^ 
And am well lludied for a liberal thanks, 
• Which I do owe you. *' ^ ^ 

Pom. I^t me have your hand : 
I did not think^Sir, to have met you here. i 

Jns. The beft i'th*^(l %i:e,fo|t| aQ4 Uwoks to yno, 


AifTp^v affcf Ci^noF AT fik^. 141 

That called me timelier than mf purpoCe 

F« Tve gain'd by it, * . 

0/ ^ce 1 law you lad. 
There is a change upon you. 
Pom. Well, 1 know not> 
9 What counts hard fortune Gifts upon my face ; 
But in my bo(bm |he (hall never come» 
To make my heart her vaflal« 
Lep. Well met here, 

P^mp. I hope (q» Lefidus^ thus we are agreed ; 
I cnve, our compoficion aiay t)C written . . . 
And ieard between us. 
Cmf. That's the next to do. 
Pom. We'll feaft each otbcyTi fire we part* and klfs 
Draw lots who Ihall begin. 
Jni. ThatlwilU Pomfey. 
Pvm. No, JlfUtmy^^ take the lot : 
Bat, firft or laft, your ^i^J^yptian cookery 
Shall have the fame. jVe heard, that JuUm C^ffar i 
Grew fat with feafting ther^ 
Am. You have heard muph, t 

Pom/X have fair meaning. Sin - .) 

jbH. And fair words to them. 
Pam. Then fo much have I heard. 
And I have heaid^ ApoWidc^tus carried— rr^ .. . 
Eno. No more of that : he dkl lb. 
Pom.. Wjtat, I pray you ? 
Eno. A ceruin Queen to Cdsfar in a mattrcTs^ 
Pom^ I know thee now, how far'il thou, 
Emo. Well ; t " 

And well am like to do ; for, I perceive^ 
Four Feafts are toward. 

Pom. Let me (hake thy hand, 
I never hated thee : I have (een thee fight^ 
When I have envied thy behaviour. 

■" ■ • • 

^ Wbat coaati hardfQrtunt ca&>» &c j Metaphor froQ fiaakiag 
i&arks or JiiMila callkgaccottocs la ariUnacuck. 


142 Antony Mnd Cleofatra^ 

Eno, Sir, 
I never }ov*d you much^ but I ha* praiVdye^ 
When yoy have well deferfv'd fleathiie» a^ nnich 
As I have faid you did. 

Pom. Enjoy thy piainnefs^ 
It nothing iH becomes thfei 
Aboard my GaJley 1 inriit foit alK 
Will you lead. Lords i 

All. Shew*s the way. Sir. 

Ppn^. Come. [^Sfioeuni. MofUMiBineh. mdMcMS. 

Mm. Thy Father, P^mfey^ wwlA fn^^ IMM aukfe 
this Treaty, 
You and I have known. Sir. 
. Mm^ At feg, I tkiok. 

Men. We have. Sir. 

Eno. '' You have done well by watifi • - 

Men. " And you by land. 

Eno. ^^ ' I will pr^fe any man that will pratlb mip 
thoujfh it caaooc be denied what I have diMieby land. 

Men, Nor what I hav« done by water. 

£w..Yes, Ibooething you can deny for your owa 
lafety : you have been a great thief by^ fca. 

Men. And you by land. 

Eno. There I deny my ]and-iervice ; iMit give me 
your hand, Menafy if our eyes had autbOf^ity^ hoie 
they might take iwo thieves kilfing. 

Men^ All men's fates are mie, whatfee-er their hands, 

Em^, JBot there is fie^er a fair womair, has a crae 

Men. Nq flanderr^^-^theyfteal hearts. 

I / 'willprai/e any man ihai tvilifraifk me^ Tfca pq9t*s V^ '^ 
delivering this humoprous {ecciment (which gives us fo verjr.JCfve 
and natural a pi^re of the comonerce of the world) c«n Aew pe 
fufficiencly admired. The conieAion could totncfrm Hooe hat a 
frank and rough charader like the fpeaker^s ; and the moral IcEbn 
smSgLvrnmA under it, thzX flmtttry can make its waj thn/ diemoft 
Hubborn manners, de^Kves #iif ierietts reflexion. 


AlVTOKT and CLEOPAtl^A/ 143 

Em. We came hither to fight with you. 

Men. for my part, I am ronry it is cam'd to a 
Drinking, fmpej doth this day lai^^h away bis for- 
tone. - 

Eno. If he do, fure, he cannot weep't back again. 

Mau Yoa^rt faid, Sir ; we look'd n&t for Jfiri 
jMiaify here ; pray you, ii lir married to Ckdpaira? 

Eofi^ Gi^r's Sifter is calkd QAraid. 

Mpu True, Sir, ihe was xhe Wife of Cai%$ Mar* 

Em. Bat txm On kxhc Wik oi Mwreus jftMnks. 

MoL Pray ye. Sir? 

Emu •Tis true. • • 

Mau Then is Qsfar and he for ever knit togedicr. 

Eno. If I were bound todmoe<3^ this Unity« I 
voikl BOt prophefie la* 

Men. I think, the policy of that purpofe madt 
nxux id die marri^, than the loMof the partiesu 

Emfi I think b toa But you ihall find, the kntfidt 
that feeois to tie their friendfliip together, will be the 
vety Arangler of their aouty: OiStasm is of a holy, 
cold, and dill comreriatioflu 

Mm. Who would not have loa Wife &f 

Em. Not he, that himfelf is not To ; which is Mark 
Jhitm^. He will to his Mgjptvem £Klti again 1 then 
!ha& the fighs of O^mna Mow theiire up in C^r, 
aad« as I faid before, that which is the flltngth of 
their amity, fiiaHproYe'tbeitnniediaieauthor of their 
variance. JnUnf will ufe his afieftion wJiere it is: 
He married but his^xccafion hene. 

Men. And thus it may be* Come, Sir, will yoa 
abeaid ? I iiaye a beaikh tor you. 
; \£|^, f ihaH take ic. Sir : we have ns*d our throsril 

. Mtn. Come, Jet's away. [&umU. 



0» B^^n/ Pompey'j Galley^ 

Mifickplajfs. EmUt two-or $br€e Stmmitt taUh m 


I S€r. TJ ERE they'll be, man : ibme o*their i^ts 
jn are ill rooted already, the leaft wma Pthf 
world will blow them down. 
2 $0*. Lipidus 19 high-oolourM. 

1 Ser. ^ They have made him drihit atms-drink. 

2 Ser. ' As they pinch one another bf the diTpciickMi^ 
he cries our, no tn&re \ reconciles them to hisi entr^cy, 
and himfclf to th' Drink. 

- I Sir. But it raifes the greaCd* warlleMMk him and 
hi»*ftrttion. ^ ^ ^-/^ 

2 Ser. Why, this it is to have a name* itfWA 
lien's fellowfhip: I had as lieve have a vtitA tHkrwill 
do me no fervice, as a Pkrtizan I coOld ndt heaVe.^ 
' I S^r. To be caIN inio a huge fphefe,' kn<f ^ to 
be feen to move in'r, are the holes whett eyes fl^ifll 
be, which pitifully difatltr the cheeks. ' -^ ^ 

Trumfetu Enter Caeiar^ Antony, Pomppjit LopidaSi 
. Agripp^t Mecaenas» Enobarbus^ MeQa% fioiibj^bar 
; Captains. . ,^ 

' Jwk Thuadothey, Skt they take the fleW liMf 
By certain fcaje i*th' pyramid ; they know. 

. ft 

1 n^htnf9 made him driftyim m dila k;] A phiafb, aiiapft 

^good-fcllowi* to fignify that lienor of .aaotbtr** ^bare m^A 
'companion ^inks to eafe him. But it fat irically alludes t^ m/^ 
and Ant9wf% admitting him into the triumvirate, in 6rd«f'to taka 
.off from themi^lvUft the Yoad 4>f ehvjr* • .. * 

. % dijtk9imty^mmAgrkfth0di/^tnir\^^ 

valeat 10 chat now in ttfe, oi Tn^himg Mg ds ^/^rt fliau . . ^ 

^ w\ ^ i: / ^ Bf 

Aktoht and CtEOpATjtA*' 145 

B7 di^ beig&f 9 the lowneis» or fjnt means if dearth. 
Or fiuzonv foUov. The higher NUus Iwelk^ 
The waoK it fnomifes ; as it ebbs, the Seedrtaan 
Upon the flime and ooze icatten his grain. 
And ihortfy oomcs to tiarveft. 

hef. You've ftrange ierpents there. 

jtaL Ay, LepidMS. 

Zi^. Your fcrpent of Mgypt \x bred now of your . 
fcod by the operation of your Sun i fo is your Crocodile. 

Jba. They are lb. . 

P0m. Sirrah, focne wbe ! a healdi to Leftdm^ 

Up. I amnotfoasKhouldbe: 
to ru ne?er.oii& . 

Em. Not *tiU you have Qept^ I fear iQr» ynuMl be 
is, 'till then. 

. L^. Nay;i certaunly, I have heard^ the PtoUmft 
I^iamifis are very ^lodly things; without ooncra* 
^y|ftkMi» I ha?e heard that. 
. Mm. Pmpey^ a word. • [4ftiK 

.P^Hk^.Say in mine ear, what is't? 

}An..WfxUkA thy ieat» I do bcteech thce> Capttun« 
And hear i^ fpeak a word. 

Pom. Forbear one, *till anon. Uf^ffiifVh. 

This wine for Ltfidus. 

' ^L^s Wfiat manner o'thihg is your Crocodile ? 
**^iAr: Itisftap^d, Sir, likeiddf; and ft is as broad 
as it htf b breadth ; it is juft fo high as it is» and movei 
tfl^l an iown organs. It lives by that wfaick^foou- 
riibeth it ; and the elements once out of iCi it trant 
mivatesi; ^ i • ' 

L4pn What colour is it of? 
- ^. Of ftV own colour too. 

Zi^. .^ta a firaoge ferpent. 

Jka^ ,?Tis fo^' and the teats of it^rc wet. 

Citf. Will this defcriptioo iaiisfie bin \ 

jSm. .With the heakh that Prnf^^gma, him, die 
be IS a very Epicure. 
i^VoL. VIL L fm. 

Ptm. Go bang, Sir^ hang! Hit tMo£ dktS oiqrF 
Doaslbidyra. Wheicb tbe Cupi I ciUfd fct^ 
il^ ifforthslakKo£inari&tfa» ^ 

Rife firom thy ftooL 

P^. I chink, thou*rc flttA; tbttamuri 

Men. 1 have aver hddnyctpoffta thy ftrtwn. 

P^. Thou haft feiVd mtf widisacbt&iefc : «ltt*s 
cMe to fty^ be jalty. Lords. ^. . 

i^. Theie quickrftads, ^L^iJk^^ 
Keep off -them, 'fore yoa fink, 

M»: Wik Aou be Loidof alt the worid? 

P^. What lay'fk thoa^ 
' iMny. Wilt thou be Loi;dof thewhobioiflBldl chaA 

twice. .,- 

»- P^w; 'How (hall that be? .:~ .. . 

M^ But eaceitaiaity 
And thought yon think me^ jMitBr, taod the cm* 
Will give thee all tl» world. ; "^ 'i 

Piwjf . Haft thou drunk well ? * r. * 

A/^. N09 Pemptfyt have k^Mne:>fnpniii dioCilp. 
ThdiUiai«y:i^thoi:(dai^Abe» itotaitU^I^ : 
What e'er the Ocean pales, or Sky. iodi^^ 
Is thine, if thou wik huft;- \ 

Pom. Shew me which way, .j^:.. . »; 

Mens 'thefe three Wopld-lharers^ tbefcGimipetiMffy 
Are in thy Vefiel. Let me cut thrcaUfe x^''\ .v 
A Adi vdfcn : ifteJiM pur «Si fidl to dieif tfaiMtSi!& 
Att'^henii* thine. ...?•! 

' Pmm^ Ahi' this nhoii- fltouldft^koivqe done^. . 
And not have fpoken on'c. In me^ %ia vil^M^ 
In thee, *t had been good fenrice : tfaoit migAkoBmrn^ 
* Tis not my profit thaedow lead, mine hmW » ' 
Mine booosiv it ; fepent^- thac c^ tbf mgw; > • ^ 
Hath fo betray'd thine a£b. Being^dontfaMcnawi^ 
I fliould have found it afterwands well done; 
Biie triytca*d^xm it ito$n Dcfift^ and driak» 



AMtrairt mid K^UEorAnrwj^ 

ril never IMlMr^ib/ ^)I'dldfetln(e» mfort » 
Win fiMariEflid^wilt HM oilM, whtt oim Hh 4fier^ 
Shall never fiWl it taxMi j 

Pm. Thu bcdth to Z^tfA&h 

Ai9. Heft's to thoe« A/mflir« 

iti^. Enobarbusi VftlcblM: 

Pm. FiU 'till # ekip b^ bicL . 

Eno. There's a ftrongiellwar, j(&;r^.i»-*4>- . : 

JMiw. Why? ..:--; . 

^/.He^todrrdieibkd part fff the worM^ oun ! 
feeftnoc? . , :'v^i 

ilfM. The third par^ then isdnitiltiF^aiild^ il 
were all, . d 

That fc mi^ g6 oh wheals! . ^ 

Em. Dnnk tfaou» encmfe dis reels^ : 

Afnt, Come. i.,' ;■ , j. .i-^ x 

'J^M^' fITimk aot aa jibxandrim Feaft i 

.^te. It i^^ens towards it& ftrike the veflTds^ boa^ 
H*e is wS^at. - . 

Cr/I (couid veil forbear it^ 
It's monftrous labour when { wafli nojF bnain^ 
AAi tc^gioWs fouler. 

.1^. Be a^dukd pW time. 

Gis^.£aflfcfi ky PU imbeanfwer} but I had. raiiher 
Sift from ail> four days^ than drink icr much in one, 

Eho. Ha, mf brave EmpetWy Ihall we dance now 
theJSjgypfiM Bacchanals, andcxUMsateadrDnokf 

i^; Lct*4 ha'c, good SbWier* 

jffa. Gome, let's ail take hands; 
*Tin tlMe^f^ eonqodrmg' witie hath ftejjplooD 6tiA 
la' fob and delicate ilftiiSr. 

taken firOBi foneiH fatemnhict. 

La Em 


14& Antony and Cleopatra^. 

Eno. All take hands : : . ! 

Make battery to our ears with the loud muficky 
The while I'll place you ; then the Boy (hall fing : . 
The Hokling every man fhall beat as loud 
As his ftrong fides can voliy* 
'^{M»fick plays. Eoobarbos pkcis tbem band in band. 

The S O N G. 

Come J thou Monarch of the Vine^ 
Plumpy Bacchus, with pink eyne. 
In tiy vais our cares be dr9w^d : 
With thy grapes our hairs be crowned 1 
Cttp usy 'till the world go round \ 
Cupus^ Uilltheworld go round. 

Caf. What would you more ? Pompey^ good night 
Good Brother, 
Let me rcqtieft'you 6W\ our graver bufineft " --^ 

Frowns at this levity. Gentle Lords, let*s bart ; ^ ^ 
You fee, we have burnt our cheeks. Strong Endbarbu^ 
Is weaken- than the wind \ and mine own tohgue 
Splits what it fpeaks ; the wild diJguife hath lilmoft 
Antickt us all. What needs more words ;^ good night. 
Good ^/f/#»y, your hand, 

Pvm. iTl try you on the Ihoar. '•' "- 

:^t. And (hall. Sir ; give's your hand; • 
"' Pom. *0\\y i/;^/(7»y, you have my father'ii'^lidftfe;* / 
Bur, wKar? we're fricndf?^, come down mto^die bOtti 
Eno. Take heed you fall nbt, Menas.' 
'Men. I'll not on (hoar. ' »a'..i. i^. •. 

No, to my cabin— —thc(e drums ! 

f OU!«.»{tncoby» jfiuJfa'f^ my ^^thtr's bmfi^ ..Xli<{Jiifiorif» 
Paierculus (xyl^ Cum Pompeio ^t$ogue circa Mj/ffnum pax tmieay^Mf. 
baudayfurde cum in na<Vi Cafiiri/^pti (ff Anton iuffi ta^a ixcffirit^ 
dixit: Ia Carinii ftiis ie oticAftfn du«: rtfer^ns h$€ diUum tui M 
WoMiMp in fMM fattrna d^mu^iabfAfi^W^ p^fidebaimn Qm.MMUhnr^ 
tho* be loft ihi^ i^ y cc fcemi iviliiog to ca»mciiyatc the iUnj^ ; 


A>fTONY and Cleopatriaa ^^49 

Thcfe trumpets, flutes ! what ! 
Let Neptune hear, we bid a kxnl farewel . ^ 

To theie great fellows. Sound, and be hang'd, found' 
out. [S&Uttd a flowrijh^ wib irumw 

Eno. Hoo, lays'a! there's my cap* 
Mm. Hoa !«'—— noble Captain, corner {Sxiuni. 



j4 Camp in a Part of Syria. 

Enter Ventidius, as ^fier Canqueft^ the dead, boij ef 
Pacorus borne before bim^ Silius, Roman Soldiers, 
And Attendants. 

Ve N r I D I u s. 

NO W, darting Partbia^ art thou ilruck ; and' 
PkasM Fortune does of Marcus Craffu^ death 
Make nie revenger. Bear the King's ion's body 
Before our Hpft \ thy Pacorusy Orodes^ * 

Pays fhi^or Marcus Crajfus. 

Sil. Hohk Ventidius, 
Whilft yet with Parthian blood thy fword is warm. 
The fugitive Parthiam follow : Spur thipugli Media, 
Mefitp9tami^ aful Uie Ihelters whither 
Tberoucedfly. So thy grand Captain Antotff 
Shall fet thee on trhimphaot chariots, and 
Put garlands on thy bead. 

Ven. Oh Silius, SiOu, , 

I've dcme enough. A lower place, note well, 
May^Mafti^too great an aft : tor team this, SiHits, ] 
Better to leave undone, than by our deed 
Aoc^ir€ lOQ high a fame, when be^ wefervc, *s away; 
Oafir and Antpn;^ have ever won 
M€Hl!e in diSneofficer, than perfon. Sfff^ 

L 3 One 

15^ Aif*<*«» i^n^ Q-L^^ovh^fiki 

One of my Place in Syrui^ hig I^eotc^aiUj 

For quick acc^^wj^lfop m X^m^^ 
Which be atchicyy bytji' pa^nuv, |9(l hj« Ffvpyr. 
Who dOK )'<h- wy9 iRore rhan his Captain cin. 
Becomes hijj Cabin's ^ipt^in i wd ^mhitiog, . . 
(Th# foWier** Virwe) wfher m4:c( choice c^|o(5, - 
Than gain which darkens him. I . ' / - ^ 

I coukfao more to do ArUomus good, . ^! ^* 
Bat 'twould pffend him ; ^oii in hn f>(rence 


Should n)y{ performance periHi. 

SiU'Th(fiiisk%y Fimti^s, [ ThatywithoiinthQii^hkii 
A foldier^^his fword graifit fcarge difti^d^ioo i _:. i 

T|iQU wilt wrifp to ^flay ? . >- . . :rj'jig -jr.: . ..v * -' 

^ f hat inagtoal word bf 'toe, we haifpJtSk^4^^ 
Jiow with hisBannerr^ ahdo^9;/mdl'^4 l^^lu^^ 
The ne'cr^yet-beateo Horfr Hi J^ui^ina '^u\>'3 .iu<3l 
YTe^vp jkdfld pi^ o'tl}* fidd.: . ; -fc.;'.v ^^5x 

Sih Where is he nowv? ^ ;.Ljq7. .i*-.^ 

^if;^. fie pprpolethta.4!<£^^» with «fa^^ 
The «l(|4i^H^ rpu^ cpdirey wish's wiUi|»Wiifi»^.o. 

We ihall appear beiipre hip. p^,, .tbop^ ptt pafii 

. v.ralaog. / /^^^ -'i t#W^^ 

J.. * J^/Miertsndhisjhvardgx^R^JcaradiJIin^ 
' sffcrf. Ft* is Ifadfy and obfcurcf^ cxpfTetfeJ ;' 6ut fEc fefc is tiS, 
Jhoubaft that, Ventidius, wkiebifihoudidJi*tvtint;^h4ri'u»aU 
hi no diJU0^4ii'^.J^^VM^ji i^^iiLnd tiry fmtd. t$i(.^ifPt^%k\ 
iquai^ cut ' 
the world 
porfue h 
knowledges them to be of weight. 

2 nat '^Mf^al wifor>dr^ *i^r ^M.. H ] Th««<>4pifibb(|r w«H 

WAicn the}( i»r^re lo remarkably fujperititiou^. • > . . 

• ■"•*'-•• -•• III. • , ■^' ^•■j.*^^' ^{«« 



AVTQHY fiftd Qi'J^OfAT^^ f5t 

f r 



• • - w 

Entir Agrippfli atwidtfor^ £nobai:bu8 ut.0iothfr. ^ 

4^.\T/HAT» are ihc brochcn tettod j 

W £m. Tlttf htfediTpttxAVlwhhP^^ 

The ocher thrae are feaiitig; O&aoia weqss^ 
To pftit iram AffMs <Id^ kfid : and J^^ 
Siiioe Jta|^^ ftftft, IS JMbm £iy9| htmablel 
Widi the green fiduiefi. -/ *'. 

4r. 'Till noble i^q^Mer* 
£ii9. Ai«y fine one; oh, haswhtlonm^aifi&t 
4|r. Ni)r, Dot how ddurly he ad<rife iUbMvdiMipr 
Em0. effort why, h^i the^^i^fAirfMtniMi 

V ■ • 

JSpi». Speak yoa of Cie/^ f ohi theMn4[>ama! 

4^« Cm jitf^i t^ thoQ AtaKoH \si\rA\ > * 

£m. Would you praife C^far^ ffl]r,«*»-^Ci^i go 

- no&fditr. 
illp'^ Indeed) he plied them both irith: excdlent 


£m. But he loves Cf/b- beft, yet he loves i^M^nif : 
H^r hfiut^ ioilgiies, figure, ft:rib^ bards, poea, 

^lldiilCi fptik^ cA^ write, fing, nutnber, Ihx! 
i£s lort^jfyiMy. But as kfdefat^ ' 
Kned down, kneel doii^h, and wonder 

.^« Both he loves. 

Ai9< They are his Aards, and he tfadrfaeetle; b^ 
Thtf is to horTe \ adieu, noble A&ipfd. - \tfvmets. 

Jgr. Good fortune, worthy ^itf , arid nttweL 

L 4 Enttf 

1:52 Antony fl«d^ CLEopitTa-Ai 

Enter Gariar, Antony, Lcpidus, ««iO&avia/ 

-/&/. No farther. Sir. 

C^ You take from me a great pare of oiy ielf i ;/ 
Ufe me well in't. Sifter, prpve fuch a wife , • ,.4 
As my thoughts make thoe^ and my fartheft bond 
Shall pais on cby approof, Moft noble jifi$m^ 
Ijtt not the piece of virtue, which is f^ 
Betwixt us, as the cement of our loye^ 
To keep it builded^ be the Ram to bather 
The Fortrefs of it : for better misbt wp 
Have Wd without (his mean, i^ oabp(h,pni _;,y 
This be not cheriilit. 7/ 

JnS. Make me not offended . ^ ^ 

In your diftruft. , ^ , , . \ • 

Qef. Tvciaid. ./ , ^ .[ I 

Ant. You fliall not fin4, - . . . ^ ^ 

Though you be therein curiou^ the Icsjft .f^utfe/ ] 
For what you^eem to fear; fo the Qodlike^ jroi% 
And make the hearts oi Romans &rve yqm CIk}s4^^ 
,Wc wiiHicre.part. . * ^ 

Op/ Farewel, my dcareft fifter, fare tb^ , well ^ 
The elements be kind to thee, and make 
Thy fpirits all of comfort ! fare thee wcUf 
Oa. My noble brother ! 

A?it. The J/friPs in her cye§ ; it is Jove^jfi^pring, • 
An J thefe thefliowers to bring it on; be chearfiiL 
0£i, Sir, look well to my husband's houie^ mkI^ 
Caf. What, OSIavid? ■ • * 

0£i. I'll tell you in your ear. f' 

Ant. Her tongue will not obey Her heart, nor (an 
Her heart inform her tongue ; *« the fwanM dofwa^ 
feather, . >. . . 

" That ftands upon the fwell at full of' ty$^ 
" And neither way inclines. - * ' ' \\ 

Eno. Will Cefar weep ? , ^ 

jSgr. He has a cloud u>*s fiu:c; ^ % 


hmovn and CtEO*A*i?i6 .t^^ 

Em. Hewfre the worfc for that, were. i)e4 jforlei 

So is he, Vmg ^ ^^"* 
,^. Why, Enobarbus ? • ' ' 

When -/ArfewjTctond 7i^j(?<^ dead, , 

He cried aloibft to roaring s and he wept, * • ' 



• I » 

•I .*. 

Ebo. That year, indeed, he wad troobliid. with a 
rheum $ 
What willingly he did confound, he waHM ) ' ^ 
Bdicvc't, *tilPI wept foo. ..^ 

C£f. No, fy^ett 0»avia; - ' - * 

You Ihtfllietir from me ililf'j the time fliall inot 
Out-go my thinking on you. 

jbf. Glome, Sir, come, 
ril wreftle with you in my ftrength of lovei- ,\\ 
Look, here I have you -, thus I let yoo gp," ^, * 
And give you to the Gods. • .j. 

Ctf. Atmo,'>3C happy r ' •- ' - ^ ' 

I^Hl3»'iiirthc'number*of theSlar5^e!i|gHt .' 

Tothy^9mtyl • " , 

C-f/ Farewel, farcwcl! {Kiffii O&k^uL^' 

JtU.'FsMWtW [Trumpets ptmd:' Exemiti 

s e E N E nil 

. . CbKn^es to the Pahce in Alexandria^ 

J^stir Cleopatra^ Gharmian, Ins, ami Aldcat; 

(Gfe^.\T7HERE is the fellow? ^ \ 

W Akx. ^lalf afraid to come. 
Ob. 'Go-id, goto; come hither. Sir. 

Enter the MeJ/i^er as befon. • 

Akx. Gead Majcfty? . 

Herod of ye%vry dare not look upon yod. 
But when you are well pleased* 

Qe^. ThmHerod'^hcad 


\ * 

^54 AwrQW r atui Ci^sqpatra. 

rilharc; butbovr? whoi iAs^ ji 9»i»» . ^ 

Through whom I might comaiud i£:r«tCMnc Thoo 

Mef. Moft gmious Majcft/t ■■■ ■ 

Ov^ Dida Oou bohold 

Mffp Afy dread Qgea. 

Cleo. Where? 

I kx>kt her in the (^6% and 6m her Jed 
Between her brother and Afatt AbMfjf^ : . 
CZftf. I$ibefi$tailasinftf ). . . 

A£f/ She i> no(, Midaai» ^ . • m > fi . i 
CUo. Didft hMr :her fpotk ? ii &p iMl-toiigii'4 

Mif. Madam* I heard her fpeak^ il^^k low^voici^ 
CUo. That's not fo good ^ JaeicaiiQQt like her Joqg» 

Ciiil i thlQk ip» Qmmian^ duU of iQiwiii and 

dwarfilh. j . • . I 

\Vbat Majefty is in herlglte^ reim»ber» 

Mef. She creeps; 
Her nBM^:«)d her ftation areia om xaul ' 
She Ihews a body rather than a life» 
;A. da(9f v<hftfi a b^^iher. ;« . v ^ 

Cleo. Is this certain ? 

iUipjSH Qr 1 bavf' no obfovMce. 
Char. Three io ^^ypt 
.CmiX)C make better ppte. 

• y 

A « « 

Cleo. Hfs very knowing. 
I do perceive*c ; there*s nothing in her yet. 
The fellow has good judgnient. 

Quir. Excellent. 

. aQt I h'vt no obferTance.] Oh/ervtmcf^ kt cbtemAm «r 
tbuit^cC obferving. 



A'V^^n ? an^ OvE^ PAT wJ^ ttS 

Gee. Gotfft^ her yeuiSk I pi'ythee. 
- Me/, M^iftair Ottn ir(9 a widow. 

Qee. Widow ? Cbarmian^ hark. 

Mef. And Itkr^iitlr, fli^s (birt^. 

Ci^0. Bear'ft thou her face in mind? it*sloag, or 
round I 

Mef. Howd pr^p to &iiI(iQ^ 

(3fetf. For th* moft part too. 
They're foolifli chat are io. Her hsir, what cotour? 

A*;/: Brovpi tfi^vi > «jd her ferehwl 

Af low j^ fhf w^qld wiih it; 

Cfe». There*? ^Id fQf ftet, 
Tbou muft not take mv forn)flr fh^rpi)^ Hl|r' 
I^Wiil employ t^ tKU^ 40^1)', I Sod tb^ ' : r^ 

Moft Qt for imfinefi. Qo« nuke thf^ v^y % 

O^ietKfs pe pr<»p^4. "- V 

^'•Cbir. A t)rtjpcr maft. 1 '» > 

C/w. Indeea, heisfo: llopent nKJOKK^,^^'*^ 

ttiiat.i» 1 htoied him. Why* p)ethii)i% by hfn^^ 

This creature*! m fiu^h thing. 
Ciiw. O, notMPg* Madam. - - - 

Qkf. Thq WW. h^ fcpp iome Miyttftr, «»(S &oiill 

Ir now 

a^. Hath b« Tcm M^e(tyf ^ieU^ dftfi^I ' 
And fcrvipg ypu fe Ipngf 

CZfa. Fv? on^ thin^ more to a^k bla yM^ gOOA 
Cbarmian: ^ 

But 'tis no matter, thou fhalt bring Him to me 
WbfTQ I will write ; al} may be well enough. 

Char. I war^Qt you,^ Madaqi. [Bfifem. 

f •«. 

^ * • SCENE 



ir-j^ AttfOVY an^ Cleopatra. 

S C E N E IV. 

. Changes to Athens. 

Enter Antony and O&avkk . 

-^•1^ AY, nay, Offavia^ not only That, 

i^ That were circufablc, That and thoufandi, 
Of femblable impbf t, but he hath wagM - ' 

New wars *gaiiift Potnpeyi nude his Will and read It ' 
T6poWick car; fpokc fcantily of me j -* 
When perforce he copld not . ^ 
But pay me terms or honour, cold and lickly 
He vented ihem ; nxift narrow nlcafilW lent mc ; * 
IVhen the bcft hint was given him, 'he {d)ti^i tbok^t. 
Or did it from his teeth. ^ ' 

OB. Oh, my good lord, 
BeBcve not all j or, if you rauft believe, * ^ . 
Sftomach not all. A more unhappy Ikdy, 
M thirdivifioh chance, ne*er ftood between, / 

Praying for both parts : the good Gods will mock mc^' 
When Iftall pray,^ oh, blefe my lord and Hcisband! 
Undo that prayer, by cryrng out as lodd. 
Oh, blefs my brother ! Husband win, win brolhei^J •'* 
Frays, and (feftroys the prayer r no midway ^ 
*Tw?xt thefe extreams at all. ». . j..,,.,: 

Ant, Gtn^tO£favia, ' ■ ' '-■''' 

Let your bcft l6vc draw to that point,* whidi feefcr . ,. 
Efeft to preferve it; if I loft mine honour, ' 

I iofc my felfi. better I were not yours^ 
Tban y<^rs fo branchiels. But, as you soqueftedt 
Your felf (hall go betwefen*s ; the mean titae, lady, • 
Pll raife ^he preparation of a war, 
Sbku ftaia^ your brotli^ k. n^ke yourjpoo^ hgfte^ .? 

r (a) not took't. Dr. 7*ir/i^._ VuJg, m *iiV.] * 


KuttoiXY and XI Lzor At i^jL t^ 

So^ your defircs ue youn. 

03. Thanks to my lord. 
The Jove of Power make me, moft weak, mod weak. 
Your reconciler ! ^ wars *twixc yOQ 'twain wodd be 
As if the world iboukl cleave, and that Qain mta 
Shoukl folder up the rift. 

jMt. When it i^ppears tO:you wh^e th^ib^i|fl^ 
Torn your difplcafure that way ; for our fault^^ 
Can never be fo equal, that your love 
Can equally move with them* Provide your Gok^ 
Chufc. your own company, a^ coiiiiiiiand whftt ojft 
¥t>ur lieart has mind to. [^Exifmt^ 

Enter Enobarbm and Eros. 

■ » 

Eno. How, now, friend ErifS ? j 

Eno. What, man ? 

Eros. C^famnd Upidus havcnmde war V^^Sf^ Powfg^ 
Em. This'ispWf wbaiisthe fucccfe? / ^ ., ..^ 
Erou Oefar^ Jjavic^ in^de. P^e joi him \rx \ tbe wan 
*gain(t Povffig^ pre&pdy denied him riyalcy^; ^^d 
not let biox paruke in tbe^Ipry.of the a^jOA^ ^nd; 
not reftiqg^l^^ accufes him of letters he had;^meriy ^ 
wrote to Pompfsy. Upon his own appeal, fci^ ^\v^yh 
fo dtf^^pmr ^hird is up, 'till death enJarge bis,ppnfii^> 
Em. Toen^* would thou had'ft a pair of; cl^aps, jm: 
more : and throw between them all the food thouj^^ 
they'll grind the other. Where's ^/^ly ? 

S/^ Ilfif'jV^i^aUcing in the garden thus % and fpurns 
The rulh that Ues^ bctore hiqa. Crys, " foql Lepidn^l 

wars *i*wixt you *i*ufam vxtuld hi^ Stcf;] Tlille 

thboght fa Vimdeifiiltjr AiUime. \x \i xAjmihOTk>CmrtkUlt 
ing iiii0^:|i|e j^lf in the Foium, io order^t^ clofe thf £^p. i . P^ that 
was cloiacl by one Roman ^ fo it is infi^ated, ' tha,t i/ t)ie wWe 
world wpre to cleave, Romans only coxild/ofJe'r dip tie qhafm. 
The q^fiuir fii ^Mft.* Forasinetdl h (wkred^ fa^ liMd more 
poreand aoble, fo the globe was to be foldcred ap by men, who 
ire only a sum KfiwTeatth* 


$b3 Ant^n^aniiCiiEX>tArkM» 

And lltMStt the throat o£ thai llfii Olfto0f« 

That murdcr*d P»«g«y. ''* 

OBmUtUm ^ ^ ' ^ 

. r- 

My l6M{(krife^ y«i!Ki t>r«rcAt)f r M)* fi«M» 
I might have tdd ha-caftcr. 
Em. '^TWillDtf liaHght ;• bW kr Jl be<rfrMg iM>>t& 

Eros. Qome, Si)>< ffiadeioK 

« « 

Changes tfi Jk Palasi .i»'jR9aici.vv 

■ Enter Cacfar, fin^pg^ *d Mgopn^^fi f V.^; i 


, r ,t\,^; • More, - • ' " .'•?"!>'■■.■■'- HnA 

fK AUxmiAg % her^jf thertitfnrta* of "kt: r=-' 'r -g I 
I'th' markit-placftfrtafitrrbotta! fiNrt'dp •'- -i" ^''A 
CUdpata slnd hinftfelf in chairs of gttHi' •^;'.' ••r-'»G. 
Were rtiblicltly cnthrdn'd-i aft tfttf ft«,i ftl " ' '•• 

And ill the ynlkwftil iffuc, that thtfir fufti 
SiiWe then hath madfe IjctwiJert theAn. Unt6 her 
fti* gi'*^ fh<^*ftatfHfliniertt cf /%?>/, rtiWi 1idr'«0 
Of lower i$iyr/i/, tf|)jpr»j, /jife, 

Abfoiute-QficArf. ' ■■'■'i.\ :y 

Mee. This- iw tfier pabM ey«f ■ ' " >• ^'O 
Ctepi'^* c6tMeS<iA' Hat^'ph^e^ !*#**«% cJebttife, 
Hisfons weft tteV proclaitti'd thef KnigSfWKirtgi j 
Gftat JMbM 'I'artbiaf and j/tmemd' • . ■ ■■ '■'-! 

lie gave td ^^MrtAAfirf fo iVoAm)? Ae«d^4 '-^"v^ 
Ai^a, OJfef^ «ifid PBfomiK: ffie' ■ »" ' • ' ' • ' * 
fa the habilicnehfe-of tlie GoddJ* M^ '^l - -..J 
Thaf^ar fap^ft<^d) «Md^ before 

• • » » 

Ai»T0«Y and CLEdPAtnA. i^g 

J^. Whcf, cpdfrt wrAlm MUkMe ^k^ V 
WiU then' good ehoQgho c&I) fit>m him. 

Cffl The peojrie kiaow k, and luive now f eoei^M 
His woooAmm. 

Aff. Whom«bes kraccofe.^ 

C^sf. Otfar\ and thav havit^ m Sicify 
S$xiMs Fmiftm fpaiN, we had tm taxed kbtk 
His pnt oW Ifle. Then does^ be ikv, he kM Hms -^ • 
Some Shipping tmreftor'd Laftiy^ he ik&» 
That Ltpms of die Triumvirate 
Should be deposed ^ and, beings that we detain 
All hb revenue. 

wd(^; Si^/tl»(hotfd be anfWerU 

Cstf. 'Tis done 4lmdy, and his meflenger^gdtte: 
I told him, Ltfiius was grown foo efud ; ^ 
Slat iiB lidi high audiority abos^d^ y ^ 

And did deferve his Change. Por whatlVe eQn<]|ber^4 
I gpwt him ptft s but then, io his jfrmiHkt^ 
And other ot Us cooqoerM KiAgdoftlSr f ' :, : 
Demand Che Hke 

Aftr. HeTT «*cr yidd to tfiaiL 

Ogf, Normifriiedienbeyierdedtdiathii^ . 

JEnr^Odavk, iBifHt AitendiMs.: 
OS. Ha£U QefioK^ and o^ lord! M]^p^%^ 

C^ Thac ever I Aould call dice C^avi^y:!^ 
Off. You have not caird oie io, nor havo^ycki <^£& 
C^. Why haftf choorftorn upon us tha$/ ycfo come 
like C^/ar^s filler \ the wife o£ Jntsfff^ 
8hDuk> hMe: an arnqr for an uA<tr» and 
The nd^ of horfe to tell of her ^ppiYMcbj^ 
Long ere ihe did appoar. TM^r$nm ^ tb? w^jF* 
Shorn h«9c^b9iaci owv andiwmftviOft fiunmj 
Looglng; for what it had noc. Na]i^.ih#d#, 
ShouU have afccnded to thtilM^ 9J^J9&i(f% v. ' 


i6o Antony ^Mft/ Cleoi^atiia* 

Rais'd hy your populous troops \ but you are coiae 
A mkrket-maid co Rome^ ancl have prevented 
Tbe oftentation of our love ; which, left unlhewos 
Is often left unlov'd ; we fhould have met you 
By lea and land, fupptying every ftagq 
With an augmented greeting. 

OS, Good my lord. 
To come thus was I not conftrainM,. but did it 
On my free will. My lord, MarkAnionf^ 
Hearing that you preparM for war, acquainted 
My grieving ear withal \ whereon I be^'d 
His pardon for return. 

Cf/I * Which (bon he granted. 
Being an ObftruA *tween his lull and hiou 

Ott. Do not fay fo, my lord. 

Caf. I have eyes upon him. 
And his alFaics come to me on the wind : 
Where is he now ? 

OS. My lord, in Athens. 

Caf. No, my moft wronged filler i Cleopatra ' 
Hath nodded him to her. He bath given his empire 
Up to a whore, . who now are levying 
The Kings o* th* earth for war. He hath aflcmbled 
Bocchustht¥M^6i.Libya^ Arcbelaus 
Of Gappadocia^ PbHadelpbos King 
Of Papblagonia ; the Tbracian King AduUaSp 
King ^lalcbus of Arabia^ Kingof Pont^ 
Herod 6i Jewry ^ Mitbridates King 
Of Comagene^ Polemon and Aminias^ 
The King of Mede^ and Lycaonia^ 

5 Which foon ht granted, 

Bting an AblGad ^tti^em bis iuft ami htmi\ AnHwf Wf 
ibon comply'd to lee OSaijig, eo ac her requ€U» fay» Cafari 
and why ? 'oecaafe (he was an abftraS between his Inordinate pa(* 
fion and him s this is abfnrd. We maft read, 

Btifi^ am Oblilra^l ^tweem his h^ and Aim* 

f. 9. his svife being an obftroAion^ a bar to the profiscatioa of hit 
wantt>n ple^ores with Clttfaira. 


Antony 0«^ Cleopatra. i6i 

With a more larger lift of fcepters. 

OS. Ay me moft wretched. 
That have my heart parted betwixt two friends. 
That do afliiA each other ! 
Oef. Welcome hither \ 
Tour letters did with-hold our breaking forth, 
Till we perceived, both how you were wrong led. 
And we m n^ligent danger ; cheer your heart. 
Be yoQ not troubled with the time, which drives 
O^er your content thefe ftrong neceflities ; 
Bat let determined things to Deftiny * 
Hold unbe wail'd their way. Welcome to Rome ; 
Nothing more dear to me. You are abos'd 
Beyond the mark of thought^ and the high Gods^ 
To do y Oil juftice, make their minifters 
Of OS, and thofe chat love you. Be of comfort. 
And ever welcome to us. 

J^. Welcome, lady. 

Mec. Welcome, dear Madam. 
Each heart in Rome does k>ve and pity you ; 
Only th* adulterous jfnfonj^^ moft large 
In his abominations, turns you off. 
And gives his potent regiment to a tnril. 
That nofes it againft us. 

00. Isitfo, Sir? 

Caf. It is moft certain : fifter, welcome ; pray you. 
Be ever known to patience. My dear^ft fifter ! 


Near the Promontory of Aftium. 

Enter Cleopatra and Enobarbus. 

Cils^.T will be even with thee, doubt it not. 
^ Eno. But why, why, why ? 

Cko. Thou baft forefpoke my being in thefe wars ; 
And fay*ft, it is not fir. 

Vol. VII; M Sjio. 

iSi Antony artd Cleopatra. 

Cleo, Is't not denouncM againft us ? why ftdtdd 
not wc be their in peVfon ? 

Eno. Well, I could repljr : if we iboliiM 6sr¥e wiA 
horfe and mares together, the horfc were mbttlf tOft } 
the mares would bear A foldier and hb horfe« \ 

Oeo. What is't you fay ? 

Eno. Your prefcncc needa^muft puzzle Mt&w^ ; 
Take from his heart, take ftom his bf ftin^ fiom'i titi!*^ 
What (hould not then be fpar'd. He is already 
Traduced for levity, and 'tis faki in t^fmBj 
Th^t Pbotinus an eunuch^ and your maidil; ^ 

Manage this war. 

Cleo. Sink Rome^ and there tongues rot 
That fpeak againft us! A charge we bear i*th*w»i; 
And3 as the ptefidcnt of my Kingdom, will I 
Appear there for a man. Speak not ag^ftk^ 
I will not ftay behind. i 

£9/^ Antony and Canidlu^. 

Eno. Nay, I have done : here comes the BmpAior. 

jtnt. Is it not ftrange, Ganidius^ 
That from Tarentum, and Brmdufium^ ' ' 
He could fo quickly cut th* Iman fca» 
And take in Toryne ? You have heard on% S^HMt? 

Cleo. Celerity is never more adnur'd 
Than by the negligent. 

jHt. Agoodr^kei 
Which might have well become the beft of men 
To taunt at ftackneis, Canidiusy we 
Will fight with him by iea, ^ 

Cko. By fea, what elfe ? 

C(m. V/hy will my lord do fo ? 

jltU. For That he dares us to't. , ^ 

Eno. So hath my lord dar'd him to Hngle ^ht 

Can. Aj^ and to wage this battle at Pbarfalia^ 
Where Cdfar fought with Pompey. B« tbefc dBkm 

. . Wliidi 

Ahtohv and Clzopatra. 163 

Which ferve not for his vantage) he fliakes off i 
And lb Aiankl you» 

Eno. Your ifaips are not well mann'dt 
Tour laariiiers are ouiliceers, reapers, people 
liigirofl: by fwift imprels. In C£jar^% fleet 
Are thofe that often have againft Pompcf fought \ 
Their ikips are yare, youri heavy : no diigrace 
Shall fiUl yon for reftmag him at fea^ 
Bong prepar'd for land. 

Am. By&a, byiea. 

Em. M oft worthy Sir, yoti therein throw away 
The abiblute Ibldierfliip you have by land ; 
DiftniA your army, which doth moft conflft 
Of war-maik'd footmen : leave unexecuted 
Tourown renowned knowledge ; quite forego 
Tile way which promries afiuranoe, and 
Give up youi&lf merely to chance and hazarti. 
From firm fecurity. 

Am. rU fight at fea. 

CU0. I have fixty (ails, Cdefar none better. 

Aat. Ourtwphis of .fluking will we burn. 
And, with the reft fijlknann'^ from the head of 

Beat the approaching C^fiir. But if we fail. 
We then can do't at land. 

Enter a Mej^enger. 
Thy bufineis ? 

Mef. The news is true, my lord % he is deicried 2 
Oefat has taken Tofyne. 

Ant. Can he be there in peHbn ? *tb intpoffible. 

Strange, that bis power fliould be fo. Cam^, 

Our nineteen legions thou (halt hold by h»j. 

And our twelve thouiand horfe. We*Jl to oqr ihipi 

Away,^ my Thetis! 

.... ..nv> 

4nn#w now, wuraiy luiuicr r y r*^' ***^^ 

^'Sifl. Oh noble Emperor^. ^Miot fight by fia. 

wor&y Ibldier? y" ^' '^^^ 
iperof^ jdMiot fight by 
Ma / Twft 

164 Aktony tfW Cleopatra^ 

Tnift not to rotten planks : do you mifdoubt 
This fword^ and thefe my wounds? Jet ^^J£gyptiMS 
And the Phoenicians go a ducking : we 
Have usM to conquer (tanding on the earthy 
And fighting foot to foot. 
Ant. VftW^ well, away. 

\_E9ceuni Ant. Oeo.^and Exuob. 
Sol. By HecruUi^ I thinks I am i' th' right. 
Can. Soldier^ thou art j but his whole a&ioo g^3«s 
"Not In the power on*t : fo our leaders Icd^ 
' And we are women's men. 

'S$L Ydukeep by land ..... 

The legions and the horfe whole« do you not ? 

Cm.^3duicto OiSfmuusi Mar^a 
Publicola^ znd CaliuSj areforfea: » ^: * \ 
But we keep whole by land This fpeed of Cgfm^t' 
Otrries beyond belief. , 

Sol. While he was 3m in Rcme^ - . 
His power went out in.fiiQh.diftra£tions as 
Beguil'd all fpiies. 
Can. Who's his lieuteiiiaiitj hear youf 
Sol. They fay, ont ^Mnis. * -;; 

Can. Well I know the man. ■, ' 

Em^ a Mejfengef. 

Mef. The Emperor calls Camdita. :.- - 
Can. With news the tim«*s in labour^ and throws 
. jEach miquce, ibmc. ^ - v ^j£j(cunt. 

Enter Csfar, mtjbbis amiymarfhi^^ 

Caf^^aurus? :r 

iTtfar. , My lorda 

Cf/! Strike not by land« Keep wbdc, provoke 
/ not battle, 
*Till f^ have done at i^a. Do not exceed 
The prcfcript of this^fcroui: our fortuntf lyes 
Upon this jump. [Exeunt. 


Anton^y and Clio? at Kk.^ 165 

Enter Antony and Enobarbus. 

' jfnL Set we our fquadrons on yond Hde o* th* hill. 

In eye of Cefar's battle; from which place 

We may the number of the (hips behold. 

And fo proceed accordingly. lExeunt. 


'GanklioSy tnarcblng with bis land-arfny one foajf over ibo 
fiage% mi Taurus, the lieutenant of Csfar, the 
other way : after their going in^ is heard the noife of 
afea-fgbt. Akrum, Enter Eoobarbus* 

Eno. Naqght, naught, all naught, i can behold no 
^T^Ai^omas^ ^tMgyptim admiral. 
With all their fixty, fiie, and turn the rudder ; 
Tofee't^ mine eyes are blafted« ^ 

-*• ^ JB«/^ Scams, 

Zcar. Go(]$ and Goddeflbi 
All the whole Synod of them 1 

Enon What's thy pa^lQa? 

Scar. ^ The greater cantle of the world is loft] 
With very ignorance; we have kill away 
Kingdoms and Province).. . 

Ena^ How appears the fi^? * « . 

Scar. ^^ On our fide like the tokened peftilence, . 
•* Where death is fure. Your • ribauld nag of jEgypt^ 
« (Whom leprofie overtake !) i' th* midft o' th* fight, 
" (When vantage like a pair of twins appeared 
<* Both as theiame, or rather ours the ekler ;) 
** The breeze upon her, like a cow in June^ 

6 n* A&CMiias &c.] Vfh\c\k Plutmrch fays» was the name of 

7 ^bignmnr candc— ] A piece or lump, Mr. Topt, 

8 MftmMJi A InxoriQus fquanderar* Mr. Pope, 

M a ^' Hoiftn 


i66 •Antony and Cleopatra. 

" Hoifts fails, and flies. 

Eno. That I beheld : 
Mine. c]res did (icken at the fight, and could not 
Endure a further view. 

Scar. •' She once being looft, 
«* The noble ruin of her mlagick, Jntcmy^ ' ' 

** Claps on his fea-winR, like a doating mallard, 
*• Leaving the fight inlieight, flies after her : 
I never faw an adion of fuch Ihame^f 
Experience, manhood, honour, iie*cr befiwt 
Did violate foitfelf. 

Bho. Akck,' alack. 

Enter Canidius. 

Cm^ Our fortune on the fea is out of brcitji. 
And finks mpft lamentably; Had our GemM /- ^ 
Been what be knew hjigrdf, it had g(^weU: 
Oh, he has given exaipfde for Qfxx fligjll# > 
Mod grofly by hi$ cflrn, - 

Eno.shj^ are you thereabouts? why then, good 
night, indeed. . 

Can.^ Towards Pebprntefus are they fied« 

Scar. •Tii«fyto't. 
And there I will attend what further oonae^. t - 

Can. To Cafar will I render 
My legions and my.faorfe; fixKingi almdy 
Shew me the way of yielding, 

Eno. I'll yet follow . - 

The woundol chance di Antony^ thougjb Wf reafiin. 
Sits in the wind againfl: me. \BMM0^JevffraXlfM 

Enter Antony^ voiih Eros md tnber 4^tMaHis. 

Ant. Hark, the land bids me tread no more upon't. 
It is afhamM to bear mc, Friends, come hither, 
I am fo lated in the wctf4d,,' that I 
Have k)ft my way fdr ever. ' Pve a (hip 
LzuJen with gold, take that, divide it^ fly,, 
And makCiiyoiiV peice {with Cafar^ 

AHTQWy {l?jdr C I- E O P A-T R A. l;6y 

Omnes. FJy ! not we. 

Ant. Tve fied rnyfcif, and luvc indru^ed cowards 
To run, and 0)ew cjidr fhouldcrs. f riendst be ggCMic» 
I have royielf refoIvM upon a courfe. 
Which has po i)eed of y w. Be gone. 
My creafure^s in tbe {larbour. Take it ■ ■ ^ >h, 
I follow'd That I bluih Co look upon \ 
My very hairs do cniHiny i for the white 
Rieprove the brovn for raihoels^ and they them ^ 
For fear ^ 4oacing. Frknds, (xgonej you. (hall 
Have letters from me to fome frien(£» that will ^, 
Sweep your wajr for you. Pray you, looknot j(^4 " 
Nor make rephes of iothneft \ take the hint. 
Which my defpair proclaims. Let therd be left, 
Wbkbfisikveihemftlves. To the fea-fid^Bt^ght^way : 
I will poflfefi you of that fiiip and ireafotti ' ^ "^ 
Leave »e,"I*pf#iy, a littlci pray you nMr--*-*-* 
Nay» do £>; fi^» indeed, Wt k>ft commtnd; 
Therefore, I pray you ^I'U fte you by and b^. 

Enter Cleopatra^ /f^^ Cbarpilan 4ffi|ra^ /^An^tony'. 

Eros. Nay, gentle Madam^ 10 hiiQv'^^ihfort hfiii. 

IrM. Dd^ Woft d«r Qgttfo; ^ ' ^.^\ * 

Char. Do ? why, whateJfeF^ 

Qeo. Let me 0t down } qh 7^9^ I 

Ant. No, no, no, no, no. 

Eros. See you here. Sir ! 

Ant. Oh fie, fie, fie. ^ 

Cbar. Madam " ■ ■ ^• 

Iras. Ma^m, ohgoodEmpr^fs! 

Eros. Sir, Sir. 

Ant. " T?es, my lord, yes ; he at PblUppi kept 
^^ His fword e'en like; a dancer, while I ftrook 
^* The lean and wrinkled CflJJiusi 'and 'twas I, 

« That 

Tbmt tht MAj> Bratuf ftnfidt^^ Nothing can lie more ia 
ckmder^ than for an infamous dcoaached c; ram to call tha 

M 4 heroic 

,4^ A^rxh^Y and. Gl«opatra. 

** That the mad Bruius ended \ he alone 

Dealt on lieutenantry^ and no pradice had 
In the brave fauares of war i yet now-— no nEiacicr-— 
Qeo. Ah| ftand by. 

Eros. The Queen, my lord, the Quee n 

Itds. . Go to him. Madam, fpeak to him^ 
He is uhqualicied with very fhame. 
CUo^ Well then, liiftain me ; oh ! 
Eros. Moil noble Sir, arile, the Queen approaches i 
Her head's declined, and death wiU feize her, but 
Your (jomfort makes the refcue. 

Ant. I have ofiended reputation ; 
A moft unnoble fwerving*— - 

Eros. Sir, the Queen. 
. ^. yjlnt. . O whi(her haft thou led me, Mgypi ? fte^ 
How I convey my fhame out of thine eyes; 
By Iddkikig back on what I've left behind:! 
•Stroy'd in diflionoor. 

Cko. Oh, my terd, my lord \ 
Forgivi'iny fearful fails ; I litde thought. 
You would have followed. 

AntiMgypt^ thou knewTl too well, 
. My heart was to thy rudder ty'd by th' ftring. 
And thou &ould*A towe'me after. 'Cer my fpirk 
Thy full fupremacy thou kncw'ft; and that 
Thy beck might from the bidding of thel^ods 
Command me. 
Cko. Oh, my pardon. 
ArU. Now I muft 
To the young man fend humble treaties, -dodge 
And palter in the fhif t of lownefs ; dlio, 
With half the bulk b* tKVworld, play'd as I plea^, 
Making and marring tbrtijnes. You did Jcnow^ . ; 
How much you were my conqueror 5 and that \ 
ytj iwori*, made weafe by my affcdion, wouki /\ 

heroic love of pAts country and poNick liberty*, mtitmifsi fseite 
Oxfird Eiiur changes it to Jad. fixotus. 


pbcy it on'^-caQlfe. '^ 

— ;*!/• FWhiot a tear, T fiy ; one of thctt rates ' 
AU that is won and ioft: givetne a ki fs, ^^ 
Evarthfb repiys mc— -— " a 

We fent our fchoofmaftcr ; is he come bai^? 
LiOve, I am full of lead ; Ibme wine. 
Within there, and our viands : Fortune knows. 
We fcom her n^ift, when moft fhe offers blov/s. ^ 


' •» I 

Changes to GrfarV Camp. 

C^/T IS T him appear, tint's com? fropa, -rfg/^. , 
J-^ Know you him? 
VoL Qefar^ 'tis his fchoolmaftcri , 

An argument that he is pluckt, when hithec . 
He feqds fo poor a pinnion of his win^ / 

Which had fuperfluous Kings for me0engers» ^ « 
Not man}r moons gone by^ . - ^ 

* y ..., BMtir A^J^dar from Axitxmj. 

Cdtf. !^)proach and ipeak* 

.^^.'Such as 1 am, I come from Antonjf: 
I was of lace as petty to his ends. 
As is the morn-dew on the myrde leaf 
Tq his gpnd ica. 

C15/; Bb^r^fc, ^declare thine pffice^ 

^mb. L6H9 of his fortunes he falu(es t{kee> and 
RSquiits^lp live in Mgypt \ which not g^^ntcd, 
Hei^iis h!s rebhefts, and to thee fues : 
To let him'i»eatbe becwceih (he heav'ns ai)d eartb| 
A ^ivace iriah in ^/j^^j : this for him. 
Next, CUopafra does cbnfefi thy greatnels ; 
^bmits her to thy might, and of thee craves 


170 Antony and ChEorjcn^ti/i^ 

The circte of the PtoUimes ftr her hairi^ *, 

Now hazarded to thy grace. ^ 

C^f. For jfytwff 
I have no ears to his requeft. The Queen 
Of audience, nor defire, fhall fail, fo flie 
From ^^ drive her aH-difgraced friend. 
Or takehts life there. This if fhe perform, / 

She ihall not fue unheard. So to chcm Both. 

Ami. Fortune purfue thee ! 

C^/. Bring him through the bands : ^ 

To try thy eloquence now 'tis time ; diibatcb. 
From Antcffj^M^in Qiopatrd^ promife ; \To Thyreus. 
And, in ouf name, when me requires^ add more 
(From thine invention) offers. Wonoen 9fe not ^ 
In their b^ fortunes firong ; but want will perjure 
The ne'er-touch'd vellal. Try diy cunning, Hyrt»i 
MsJce thine own edi£t for thy pains, w(iich:ikre • 
Will anfwer as a law. :. 

^hyr. Oef<tF^ I gOi '^ ; 

CdJ. Obferve how Antony becomes his flaw \ A 
And what thou think'ft his very adion ^)paks * 
In every power that moves. - . - n , 

ikyr. C4ar^ I fhaJl ^ . [EmM. 

S C E N E ix. 
CbiotgesJo Alexandtia.^'voj 
Ent^r Cleopatra,^Enobjkirbu9!, Ch«miiini:Miiras. , 

▼ V Eno. ' (a) Drink, and die. 
Cka, UAntoff^ or wes^4(v fault for jiiis? 

I Dnnk^t and iie.'] This reply of Enoharbus {'Ctmijnowifi^ 
upon a particularity in the condu£k of Ant9ftf and Cu^hmtrm^ 
which b related by PlMtarcifMkdx; iftei; cheirdcMt at Jsiwm, 

- • • » . • • * f . ' ^.r - > r ; . . . they 

Antohy and CLEOPAtRA^ 171 

Em. >jhMp^oaIy» thitwoiiM maJce his wik 
Lord of his radbo. What although you fled 
Ffom that great face of war, whofe levera] ranges 
Fr^ied c^ other ? why fhouU he follow you ? 
The itch of his afiedion fhould not then 
lAmt mckt his captaiofbip ; at iuch a point, 
Whn half to half the world opjpos^d, he being 
Tte meered queftion. 'Twas a uame no kls 
Than was bi$ loi% to courie your flybg fli^, 
And leave his navy g^ing. 

QSisu Pr^yihee, peace. 

Enter hiitatq^ with tU Ambajfador* 

^to. Is that his anfwer ? 

Ami. Ay, my lord. 

Axt. The Queen (hall then have coortefie^ 
So flie will yielS us up. 

Ak^. He £iys ib. 

Ant. Let her know't. 
To the b6y Cafw fend this grizled head^ 
And he wiU fill thy wiflies to the brim 
With Plrioc^itics. 

Oeo. Thy head, my lord? 

Am. To him again ; cell him, he wears the roTe 
Of ycQth upon him \ from which, the world (hould 

Something particolar ; his coyn, (hips, legions. 
May be a coward's, whofe miniftera would prevail 
Under the Service of a child, as loon 
As i* th* command of Cafitr. I du« him therefore 
* To Jay hii gay compariloas apart, 


tbqr ioftitiited a feciety of frieads f(^o mfiewd into eBgageiaent 
to die with them, not abating in the aieaa tim« any part of dicir 
bx^niy, taaSA and riot, in which they had li7*d before. Oxford 

Attd anfwer m0 dedin*dt«-— ] The fenfe is» let him not in- 
Sft on t)ie neqnalicy of oof condnioii^ bat ddccad to my low 


172 Antony and CLEOBAt&A, 


And anfwer me decHn'd, fword againfl: fword. 
Our felves alone i III wrifc it^ follow me. 

{^Exit Antonys 
Eno. Tes, like enough ; high-battloci Cefar will 
Unftate his happinefs, and be (laged to th' (hew 
Againft a fworder.-— •'' I fee^ men's judgments are 
** A parcel of their fortunes^ and things outward ^. 
*^ Do draw the inward quality after them* 
«* To fuffcr all alike. That he (hould dream. 
Knowing all meafures, the full C^far will 
Anfwer his emptinels! — Cdfar^ thou haft (ubdu*d 
Hi$ judgment too. 

f . Enter a Servants 

Ser, A meflenger from Cafar* 

Qeo. ,What, no mo]:e ceremony? fee, my 
Againft the blown rofe may they ftop their nofe^ 
That knecl'd unto the buds. Admit him. Sir; 

Eno. Mine honefty and I begin to iquare; 
The loyalty, well hek), to fools does m^e * * 
Our faith meer folly : yet he, that can endiM 
To follow with allegiance a falPn lotd# 
Does conquer him thatidtd bis msSmsCQM^^. 

And earns a place i' th? ftory. . ^r . 

• « 

Enter Thyreus, 

Oee. q^s will? 

nyr. Hear it apart. v. -t^*. \*i •• 

Cleo. None but friends y fay boldly. 

th^. So^ hap)y, arc they b¥aiAi't&*'Ant<mf. 

efUte, and meet me fingle. I ruppofe SkaJ^e^ar coined the woid 


_ i^fual,, 

has tnade it fen^e to quibble lo-^dec/hf, anoj^hor uita gt.Gfm* 

Antony and Cleopatra. . 173 

- ... - • 

Eho. ^ He needs as many, Sir^ as Cafar has : 
Or needs not us iTCaJar pleafe. Our mafter 
Wdl leap to be his friencf : for, as you know, . 
Whde he is, we are, and that* s Cajar\ ^ 

Tbyr. So. 
Thus then, thou moft renowned, ^ Oefar intreats^ 
Not to confider in what cafe thou ftand'fl: 
Further than he is Cafar. 

Cleo. Go on ; ^right royal. 

Jiyr. He knows, that you embrace not jiffofff 
As you did love, but as you feared him. 

Cleo. Oh! l4/tdi. 

TIffr, The fears upon your honour, therefore, he 
Does pity, as conftrained blemiflies, 
JSi^ot as deferv'd. 

Qeo. He is a God, and knows 
What is moll rjght* Mine honour was not yielded^ 
But donqijer'd meerly. 

Enc. To be fure of that,-»-«« 

I will 9sk^^ba0ff Sir, thou'rt ib kaky, 

That we muft leave thee to thy finking^ for 

Thy dearefl: quit thee. [Efdi Eno. 

3 Htmip^man^, Sir, asCxbfias: 
OrntiisMitmt. JfOgAx^t^t^ our majtir 
WiUUap &c.] AU feofe is loft in this &lfc pointing, wbick 
fiHMiki be reformed that, 

Hg uiiiis as mafrf. Sir, as Cscbi has i 

Or netds wi us if Casftr pleafe. Our moMtr 

WiUUafZc^. \ 

ff. #. while he is tt oonity witk Cafar he needs a power eqoai 
to Q^Ja^^ ft*tial if he pleafes to leccive Jiatvtiy iocehu friesdihip 
he will then want no other fupport. This is fenfibk and police. 

Cas&r intrtatJ, 

Not ## confider sit iviat cafe ttom ftantfi 

Farther than be is Casfar. J L e. Caelar intreafSf tlai at the 
taau time yea confider jour decorate fortunes^ you nvould conjider 
iK# is Caefiur ; That is, generous and forgiYing, able and willing 


Antony and CxEOPATKife 

T'^j^r. Shall I fay to Cafat 
What yoa require of him? he partly b^;^ 
To be defir'd to give. It much would pleafe him, 
That of his fortunes you would make a ftiff 
To lean upon. But it would warm his fpiriu» 
To hear from me you had left Ant^^ 
And put yottrfelf under his fliroud, the univerial land* 

do. What's yourname ? 

^tbjr. My name is Tijrtus. 

CUo. ^ Moft kind m^leag^r. 
Say to great C(tfar this ; in decfUtation 
I kifs his conqoMng band : tdl him, Vtn {Mxmipt 
To lay my crown at's feet^ and there CO knotlf • 
Tfell him, that from his allK)beying brt^ , 

1 hear the doom of Mgjpi. 

f4^. ;Tis your nc^left courfe : 
<^ Wifdom and fortune combating together^ 
<« If that the former dare but wtm it can, 
<* No chance may Ihake it. Give me giwe tti lay 
My duty on your hand. 

Ck9. Vour C^^yar's father oft. 
When he hath mus'd of uking Kingdoms bj 
Beftow*d his lips on that unworthy plac^ 
As it rain'd kifles. 

; . i, i 

5 Mofi kind mepngir ; 
8af t0trmu Cm&r Ms in DisyvTArto wj ^- 

J kifs its (9npf*ring iww^;— — ] The poot'Oeftafadf wnM^ * 

if^ kind mijhasfr, • r 

9^ i9pn€U Caelar ibis i in DxPVTaTflUl * 

Ikifi bis €on^* ring hand: '^ . . 

L c. by Frosyi I dsfntejoa CO pay him that doty b||}}r^^|Huij^.^ 


Anrovt and CtEOif At KA, 17J 

E N E X. 

Enler Anfonyy Md Enbbftrbiii. 

jta. Favours ! by jfove^ that thunders.—— • 

iSeeiMg Thyreus kifj ber band. 
What art thou, fellow ? 

Jbyr. One that but Derforms 
The bidding of the fuiieft oxan, and worthkft 
To have command obey'd, 

Em» You will be whipped. 

Au. , Approach there: ah, you lute ! nov, Godi 


Anthority melts from me of late.— When I cry*dt hoa! 
* Like boys unto a mufs. Kings would ftarc forth> 
And cry, your will ? have you no ear# ? 
I*m JbiUnpf. jcu Take hence this Jackj and whip him, 

Enter ServsfHs. 

Eno. n^ls better playing with a ]ion*s whelp, 
Than with an old one dying. 

Atti. Mo(?n and ftars !— ^ 

Whip hkn : Werc't twenty of thcgrcateft Tribur 

That do acknowledge Gefar^ (hould I Bnd them 
So laucy with the bmd of She here^ (what's ber name. 
Since Ihe was C&^/mf)— ^whip him, fdlows^— 
TiH, Hkt a boy, you fee him cringe his face. 
And whine aloud for mercy. Tifte him htnce. 

fbyr. Afyrlfj^cny—^^ 

At. Tug him away ; being whipp'd, ' -^ . 
Bribg )um igkin : this ^ack oTC^ar\ fball 
Bear us an errand to him. [Epteimi with Tbyitus^ 
You were lialfblafted, ere I knew you: hul 
|S|ave I my^piUow left unpveft in Rom^ 

6 Liki hfp wnp m ttaf»»— ] u #. '% fcrtnUe. Mr. Ptfe. 


176 Antony and ChZotAtXA^ 

Forborn the getting of a lawful race. 
And by a jem of women, to be abns'd 
Bjr one that looks on feeders ? 

Cko. Good my Lord,*— ^ 

Mf. You have been a boggier ever. 
Baf when we in our vicioufiiefs grow hard, 
(Oh mifery on*t!) the wife Gods feal our eyes : 
In our own filth drop our clear judgments i aiake us 
Adore our errors, laugh at's while we ftrut 
To our confufion. 

Cleo. Oh, is*t come to this ? 

jtnt. I found you as a morfel, cold upon 
Dead CefaK'$ trencher : nay, you were a fragment 
Of Cneius P&n^fs ; befides what hotter iKXirs, 
Unregiftred in vulgar feme, you have 
LuxuriouOy pickt out. For, I am fore. 
Though you can guefs what temperance flioiild be. 
You know not what it is. 

Cko. Wherefore is this ? 

Am. To let a fellow that will take rewanis^ 
And £iy, God quit you, be familiar with 
My play-feliow, your hand ; this kingly &al^ 
And pl^hcer of high hearts !— O that I were 
Upon the hill of BafoM^ to out-roar 
The homed herd, for I have fiivage caule ! 
And to DTOdaim it civilly, were like 
A halterd neck, which does the hangman diank 
For being yare about him. Is he whippM i 

Rs-enUr aSm^am^ with Thyma. 

Ser. Soundly my lord. 

AiU. CryM he? and b^g'd a* pardon? 

&r« He did ask favour. 

ABi. If that thy father live, let him repent 
Thou waft not made hit daughter ; and be tliou hxtf 
To folkiw Csefmr in his triumph, fince 

Thou baft been whipped for foUowiog him. Heaoo- 


AnirbN-Y and Cleopatra. 177. 

The white hand of a fady f<;aver thee. 

Shake to look oh't.-— Qo^ gc; thee back to Cafary 

Tell him thy enicruinhi^nt : . look*- thoH lay,. . 

He makes mc angry with him: For hq i^qpos 

Proud and dii^ainfuf, harping on what ^ am,- 

Not what he knew I was. . f^c makes me angry; 

And, at this time, moft eaiie 'tis to db*c ; 

Wbeo my good (tars, thgt were my former guides,. 

Have empty left their orbs^ and (hot their fires 

Into the abyfni of hell. Iflie rnillikc 

Myfpeech, and what isdonej, tell hini, lie has 

H^fparcbus my enfrangixis'd bbiidman, whqm 

He may at pleafure whip, or hang» or tor Qare^ ^ 

As he maiTlikc^ to quit rre, .Urgc'it'^ thou :-: — ^ 

Hence witlfi thy ftripe?, be*gpnc. [£x// Thy reus, 

Cko. Have you done yet ?. : , i 

Aat. Alack, ourterren'e'moonisiiavircclips'dj 
And it portends alone the fall of* Anion/. 

Cko. I muft (lay hiVtime.*— f— 

Jni. To flatter Cafar^ would you mingle eyes 
With one tliat Qrcs his pointy ? ■^ 

Qeo. Not know me yet ? 

AnL £6l3* hearted toward me! 

CUo. Ah, dear, jf I be fo, . . ., : , .^ 
From my cold heart let heaven ingender hajl^^ , 
And poilbn*t in the fource, apd the firft ilc^ < 
Drop iii my ^cfjW; as it dc^mine% fo ^<:. t**.- 
Diflolve my life'!' the next C^i^drio fmite: /* ' ^ 
Till by degrees the memory of my womb^ 
Together iP^lHl my brave JEgyptiaris all, 
B]^ the (a) difcandying of this pellq^fd ftoi:m« 
Lie gravelefi \^ %\\ the flies a^d gnatt oiNiie^ . 
Have biiricii them for prey1 * » • 4 

^ni. Pmiatis^d: 
CjQ^ fets dpwp in Alexandrian where 

Ji {*l ^^fi'9ii^g- Dr. W/>/^.— Fijrft Folio. di/cMdirini:\ 

Vot. VJI.~ N I 

178 Antony anJ Cleotatka. 

I will oppofc his fate. Our force by lahd 

Hath nobly held •, our fcvcr'd navy too 

Have knit again, and float, threatning mod iea-llke. 

Where haft thou been, my heart ? doft thou hear, lady ? 

If from the field I (hould return once moic 

To kifs thefe lips, I will appear in blood % 

1 and my fword will earn my chronicle; 

There's hope in't yet. 

CUo. That's my brave lord. 
Jni. I will be treble- fincw^d, hearted, brcath'd. 
And fight malicioufly : for when my hours 
7 Were nice and lucky, men did ranfome lives 
Of me for jefts ; but now Pll fet my teeth. 
And fend to darknefs all that ftop me. Come, 
Let's have one other gaudy night : call to me 
All my £id captains, fiU ocir bowls i once.more 
Let*s oiQck, the midnight bcU. 
Ckol h is my birthrday ; . 
I had thought, t*have held it poor : Buc^vGnce my k>rd 
Is Antony again, I will be CUopatra. 
Ant. We will yet do well. 
CUo. Call all his noble captains to my lord. 
Ant. Do fo, we'll them, am) to night PlI 
The wine peep through their. fears. Come on, my 

There's fap in't yet. The next time I do fight, 
I'll make death love me: for I will contend 
Even wi<h his peftilcnt fcythe. {^Extuj^. 

Eno. " Now he'll out-ftare the lightning % to be 
'* Is to be frighted out of fear.; and, in that mood, 
« The d<«r# will peckjthe «ftiidge ; and, I fee ftill, 
^< A 4(thinution in our captain's brain 

7 fTen ttice «»<//»<'*/,'—] Ntce, for ddicatc, coanly, flowing 
io peace. 

« Reftorcs 

Antony and Clkotatka. lyg 

*• Reftores his heart i when vajour preys on reafon. 

It eats the fword it fightj wich : I will feck 

Some way to leave him, [Exit. 


C iE s A rV Camp. 

Enter Caefar^ Agrippa, and Mecsnas, wiih their ' 
Armju. Caeiar reading a Letter* 


HE calls me boy ; and chides^ as he had powo* 
To beat me out of ^gypt. My meilenger 
He hath whipt with rods, dares me to peribnal combat^ 
Oefar to Jtntoay^ Let the ok) raffian iuiow» 
I have many other ways to die : mean time. 
Laugh at his challenge. 

Mec. C^far muft think. 
When one 4b great begins to lage, he*s hunted 
Even to faliinjg. Give him no breath, but now 
Make boot oThis diftradlion : never anger • 
Made good guard for itfelf. 

Qef. Let our bed heads 
Know that to morrow the laft of many batclea 
We mean to fight. Within our files there at^ 
Of thofe that lerv*d Mark Antmf but lace. 
Enough to fetch him in. See, it be done $ 
And teaft the army \ we have ftore to do\. 
And they have earned the wafte. FoovAntofrj^f 



i8o Antony and Cleopatra. 

S C ? N E II. 

The Palace in Alexandria. 

Enter Antony and Cleopatra, Enobarbus, Charmian» 

Iras, AJcxas, with others. 

■ ■ * 

Jnt.TT^ will not fight with me, DomUius. 
JLi Eno. No. 

Jnt. Why {hould he not ? 

Eno. He thinks, being twenty times.of better P^rtune^, 
Hc*s twenty men to one. 

Jnt. To morrow, foldier. 
By fea and land Til fight : or I will live. 
Or bathe my dying honour in the blood 
Shall make it live again. Woo't thou fight well? 

Eno. ril ftrike, and cry, *' uke alL 

jinl. Well faid, come on : 
Call forth my houfhold fcrvants, let's to night 

Enter Servants. 

Be bounteous at our meal. Give me thy hand. 
Thou haft been rightly honcft j fo haft thou. 
And thou, and thou, and thou : youVe ferv'd mc iwll 
And Kings have been your fellows. 

Qeo. What means this ? 

Eno. ' 'Tis one of thofc odd Traits, which Xoriow 

I ^7is one of tbofe odd rfi\c%%, ] The uniformity of , tte 

metaphor leads us to fee that Shake/pear wrote traits, arrowy 
ihafts. A fimilar expreflSon we have in Cf «r^*//«^ ; ^T^wasimta 
hit of nothing, fi>ot at nothings nnhicb the brain mahs of fimti- 
J^ai ete juelfue tenu a tntendrt co que vous vouJez me direpmr utf 
TRAIT que f^os tirez contre moi^ fays M. de Turenne in one of hii 
letters ; where the word irait has much the fiune fignificatioB as 
in the place before us. The Oxford Editor alters it to freaks i 
but furc any thing which is predicated dl freaks may be predicated 
of tricks^ and nonfenfe for nonfenfe, the old ihould keep its 
eroond as being in poiTdBon. 

* Out 

Antony and Clilo? KTVih. i8i 

Out of the mind. 

ArU. And thou art honeft too : 
I wilh, I could be made fo many men ; 
And all 6f you clapt up together in 
An AfUony\ that I might do you fervicCt 
So g^xxi as you have done. 

Onmes. The Gods forbid ! 

Jbu. Well, my good fellows, waUon rat to night i 
Scant not my cups, and make as much of met 
As when mine Empire was your fellow too, 
And luffer*d my command. 

CUo. What does he mean ? 

Bm. To make his followers weep, 

Jtu. Tend me to night \ 
May be, it is the period of your duty \ 
Haply, you fhall not fee me more \ or if,. 
A mangled (hadow. It may chance to morrow, 
You*ll fenre another matter. I look on you. 
As one that takes his leave. Mine bonett friends^ 
I turn you not away -, but like a matter 
Married to your good fervice, ftay till death : 
Tend me to night two hours, J ask no more. 
And the Gods yield you for'c! 

Eno. What mean you. Sir, 
To give them this difcomfort ? look, they weep. 
And I, an afs, am onion- eyM; for fhame. 
Transform us not to women. 

Alt. Ho, ho, ho \ 
Now * the witch take me, if I meant it thus ! 
Grace grow, where thofe drops fall ! my hearty friends. 
You take me in too dolorous a fehfe \ 
I i|>ake t* you for your comfort, did defire you 
To bum this night with torches : know, my hearts, 
I hope well of to morrow, and will lead you, 
Where rather 1*11 expcft viftorious life. 

'tliwitcbtdktme^ — ] i.e. blaft, bewbch. 


N 3; Thaa 

i82 Antony ^nd. Cleopatra. 

Than death and honour. Let's to fupper^ come. 
And drown confideracion, \ExtmU. 

SCENE. A Court of Guard before the Palace. 

Enter a company of Soldiers. 

t Sold, n Rother, good night : to morrow is the day. 
J3 2 Sold. It will determine one way : Fare 
you welK 
Heard you of nothing ftrange about the ftreets ? 

1 Sold. Nothing : what news ? 

2 Sold. Belike» 'tis but a rumour ; good night to you. 

1 Sold. Well, Sir, good night. 

[fhy tneet with other Soldiers. 

2 Sold. Soldiers, have careful watch. 

J Sold. And you, good night, good night. 

[Tbey place tbemfehes in every corner of tbe jtage. 

2 Sold. Here, we ; and if to morrow 

* Our navy thrive, I have an abfolute hope 
Our landmen will ftand up. 

I Sold. 'Tis a brave army, and full of purpofe. 

IMufici of ibe bautiojs is under thejtagi^. 
z Sold. Peace, what iioife ? 
I ^^W. Lift, lift! 
2S<?«. Hark! 

1 Sold. Mufick iHh' air.-— 

3 Sold. Under the earth. 
It fignes iJif ell, does it not .^ 

2 Sold. No. 

1 Sold. Peace, I fay : tvhat fhould this mean ! 

2 Sold. 'Tis the God Hercules^ who loved Antorrf^ 
Now leaves him. 

I Sold. Walk, let's fee if other watchmen 
po hear what we do. 

a Sold. How now, matters ? \Spea\ together. 


Antony /7»^ Cl^^opatra. 183 

Onmes. HciW now? how*now? do you hear this? 
I'Sold. Is'c not ftrange? 
3 Sold. Do you hear, tqafters ? do you hear ? 
* I S^Id. Follow the noifc fo far as we have quarter. 
Let's fee how 'twill give off. 
Omnes. Content : *tis ftrange. [^Exeunt. 

. Cianges to CleopatraV Palace. 

£$itir Antony and Ckopatra^ mib others. 

Jal.T^ROSy mine armour, £r^/. 
Cj Cleo. Sleep a J it tic. 
Jnt. No> my chuck : Ew^ come, mine .armour; 

Enfer Eiids. . 

Come, my good fellow, put thine iron on % 
If fortune be not ours to day, it is 
Becaufe we brave her. Come. 

Cleo. Nay, PJlhelptoo, Antony. 
What's this for? ah, let be, let be; thou art 
The armourer of my heart ; — falfe, falfej this, this ;— 
Sooth-la, ril help : thujf it muft be. 

Ant.' Well, well, we ihall thrive now ; 
Seed thou, my good fellow ? Go^ put on thydefenceft 

Eno. Briefly, Sir. 

CUo. Is not this buckled well ? 

Ant. Rarely, rarely : 
He that unbuckles this, till we do picafe 
To dofF't for our repofe, ihall hear a ftorm. 
Thou fumblcft, ^Eros \ and my Queen's a (quire 
More tight at this than thou ; difpatch. O love ! 
That thou could*il fee my wars to day, and kncw'ft 

N 4 The 


1% f^-^joiiy^an^ Cleopatra* 

The royal occupation ; thou fliould'^ fee 

A workman in- 1. 

Enter an armed Soldier, 

Good morrow to thee, welcome ; 
Tbou fook'ft like him, that knows a warlike charge r 
To bufiriefs that we love we rife betime. 
And go to't with delight. 
Sm. Acboufand^ Sir, 
Earjy though't be, have on their rivetced trim. 
And at the port expeiS: you. [Shout, trumpets fiourijb. 

Enter Captains and SoldierSr . . . 

Cap. T^\ie, morn is fair ; good mor^o^^ ij^mcriU ! 

jill. Good morrow. General ! 

jint. 'Tis well blown^ lads. 
This morning, like the fpirit of a youth 
That means to be of note, begins betimet* 
So, fo ; come, give r^% tbat,-^this way-^-well faid 
Fare thee well, dam^whatre'er becomes of me^ 
This is a foldier's kifs : rebukeabie. 
And worthy fhameful cheek it were, to ftand 
On more mechanick compliment : Til leave thee 
Now, like a man of fteel. You, that will figKt^ 
Follow me clofc, I'll bring you to't : adieu. {Eiitimt. 
• Char. Pleafe you to retire to your chatuber r 

Cleo. Lead me : 
He goes forth gallantly : That he and CU^ tnigjit 
Determine tibis great war in fingle fight \\ 
Then, Antojrf^ but npwf,-T— well oti. ,» [Enewit. 


Antony and Cleopatra. 185 


Changes to a Camp. 

fna^s found. Enter Antony an4 Eros ; a SttldUr 

meaing tbem. H E Gods naakc this a happy day to Jntony ! 
X jfn^. *Would, thou and thofe thy (cars had 
once prevailed 
To make me fight at land ! 

Eros. Had ft thou done (b. 
The Kings, that have revolted, gnd the Soldier, 
That has this morning left thee, would have ftUI 
Followed thy heels. 

Jnt. Who's gone this morning ? 

Eros. Who? 
One ever near thee. Call {ttt'Rmbarhus^ 
He ihali not hear thee *, or from Qtfar*% camp 
Say, ** I am none of thine. 

Ant. What fay'ft thou ? 

Soli. Sir, 
He is with Cafar. 

Eros. Sir, his cheils and treafure 
He has not with him. 

Ant. Is he gone ? 

Sold. Moft certain. 

Ant. Gp, Eros^ fend hia treafure after, do it, 
Deuin no jot, I charge thee : write to him, 
I will fubfcribe gentle adieus, and greetings: 
Say, that I wifh he never find more cauie 
To change a mafler. Oh, my fortunes have 
Onrapt)^ honeft men ! difpacch, my Eros. [Exeunt^ 


S C E N E V. 

Changes to CaBfar** Camp. 

Enter Cseiar^ Agrippa, witb Enobarbus, and 


Caf.f^O forth, Agrippay and begin the fight: 

vJ ^ Our will is, Antony be took alive \ 
Make it fo known. 

Agr. Cafarj I ihall. 

Caf. The time of univerlal Peace is near ^ 
Prove this a proipVous day, the three-nook'd world . 
* Shall bear the olive freely. 

Enter a Mejfenger. 

Mef. Mark Antony is come into the, field, 

Caf. Go, charge, Agrippai 
Plant thofe, that have rcvgltcd, in the Van, 
That Aniony may fcem to ipcnd his fury 
Upon, himfdf. [Eiimt* 

Eno. Alexas did revolt, and went to Jewry on . 
Affairs of ^«/^»y ; there did perfwadc 
Great Herod to incline himfclf to G^r, 
And leave his matter Antony. For this pains, 
defar hath hangM him : Canidius^ and the rell, 

3 Our tvi/I it, Antony 6e tooi ali<ve ;] It Is ob/ervable with 
what judgment Shah/pear draMrs the chara£^cr of OSa^fius, 
Antony was his Hero ; lb the other was not to (hine : yet being aa 
hiitoricai cha at^er, there Was a neceillty to draw him like. Bat 
the ancient hiilorians his flatterers, had delivered him down fo 
fair, that he feenr.s ready cat and juried for a Hero. Amidft thefe 
difHciilties ^hakej^dr has esttricated himfelf with great addrefs. 
He has admitted all thoA?preat ihokes of his chamAef as he fbflBd 
them, and yet has made him a very unamiable chandler, deceiifttli 
mean- rpiri ted, narrow-minded, proud and revengefuK 

4 shall bear the elin/e freely.] /, e, fhali fpring op eTe7 
where fpontaneouily and without culture^ 


Antony i»ir(/ Clbopati^a, i^f 

That fell away, have entertainment, but 
No honourable truft : I have done ill. 
Of which I do accufe myfelf fo forety. 
That I will joy no nx>re. 

Enter a Soldier of CsefirV. 

Sold. EnoiarhiSy AtUmf 
Hath after thee lent kll thy treafure, with 
His bounty over-plus. The meflenger 
Came on my guard, and at thy tcnc is now 
Unloading of his mules. 

Rno. I give it you. 

Sold. Mock me not, Enobarbus^ 
I teH you true ; bed: you fee (afe the bringer 
Out of the hoft : I muft attend mine office. 
Or would have done't myfelf. Your Emperor 
Continues ftill a Jove. {Eodt. 

Eno. I am alone the villairi of the earth. 
And feel, I am fo, mod. O Antotrf^ 
Thou Mine of bounty, how would'lt thou have paid 
My better lervice, when my turpitude 
Thou doft fo crown with gold \ This bows my heart \ 
If fwift thought break it not, a fwifter mean 
Shall out'ftrike thought ; but thought will do't, I feel. 
1 fight againft thee!-' — no, I wifl go fcek 
Seme ditch, where I may die *, the fouPft beft fits 
My latter part of life. 


Before the Walls of Alexandria, 

■ Ahrum. Drums and Trumpets. £»/^r Agrippa. 

Jgr.Vi Etwe, w<j have engni'd our fclves too far: 

XV defar himfclf has work, ^ and our oppreflion 
Exceeds what we expeded. [Exit. 

5 •*-^tf;ii/i»roppre{fion] Offrfjton^ for oppofitifn. 



Alarum. Enter Antony^ and Scarus wounded. 

Scar. O my brave Emperor ! this is fought indeed i 
Had we done ib at firft» we had droven tl^ holM 
With cloucs about their heads. 

jhi. Thou bleed'ft apace* 

Scar. I had a wound here that was like a T, 
But DOW. 'tis made an H. 

jfnf. They do retire. 

Scar. WcMI beat 'cm into bench-holes j I hare yet 
Room for fix fcocches more. 

Enier Eros. 

Eros. They*re beaten, Sir, and our advantage ierves 
For a fair viftory. 

Scar. Lee us ftore their backs. 
And fnatch 'em up, as we take hares, behind; 
•Tis fport to maul a runner. 

AnS* I will reward thee 
Once for thy fprightly comfort, and ten-fold 
For thy good valour. Come thee on. 

Scar. I'll halt after. \ExeuHl, 

Alarum. Enter Antony again in a Marcb^ Scarus 

wiA others. 

Ant. We've beat him to his camp ; ^ run one before^ 
And let the Queen know of our Geftsi to morrow^ 
Sefore the fun fhall fee's, we'll Ipill the blood 
That has today efcap'd. I thank you all ; 
For doughty-handed are you, and have fought 

run ont before^ 

And let the ^in know of our Guefts j— ] Wliat Guefis was 
the Qacen to know of? Antony was Co iight again on the morrow i 
mid he had not yet faid a word of nurcbing to AUx^ndria^ and 
treating his officers in the Palace. We mult read. 
And lit tbi ^tin know of our Gefts. 
1. e. res gift iTi our feats, our glorious anions. A term then ui 
common ufe. 


Antony tf»^ Clbofathj; 189 

Not as you forv'd the caufe, buc as'c had been 

Eachr man's like mine ; you've fhewn yourlelves all 

EntOT' the city^ clip your wives, yopr fri^s^ 
Tell them your feats, whilft they with joyful teats 
Walh thq congealment from your wounds^ and kift 
The honoured galbes whole. Give me thy hand, 

\X^ Scarus* 
Enitr Cleopacre. 

•• ^ To this great Faiery PIl commend thy afts^ 

•* Make her thanks blcfi thee. O thou day o'th* world, 

* Chain mine armM neck ; leap thou, attire and all. 

Through proof of harnefs, to my heart, and there 

' Ride on the pants triumphing; 

Oeo. Lord of Lords ! 
Oh, infinite virtue ! com'ft thou fmiling fh)ih 
•* The world's great Ihare uncaught ? 

A^. My nightingale! 
We've beat, them to their beds. What ! Girl, though 

Do Ibmething mingle with our youpger brown, yet 

ha' we 
A brain that nonrifhes our nerves, and can 
Get gp^l for goal of youth.. Behold this man. 
Commend unto his lips thy ' 5ivogring haod ; 
Kils it, my warrior ; he hath fought to day, 
** As if a God iq hate of mankind had 
^ Deftroyed in iiicfa a ihapp. 

Oeo. rU give thee, friend. 
An armour ^ of gpld 1 it was a King's. 

7 5» this great Fticry-^] For InchanttifSf vol which feofe - 
the word is onen ufed in the old romances. . 

8 Chain mine amCineck \ ] Alluding, to the gothic caflom 

of men of worflup, wearing gold chaiqs abo^t the neck. 

9^ Ride on the panh iriumfhing,'] Alluding to an admira! (hip 
OB the billows after a dorm. The metaphor h extremely fine. 

I Here Mr. Theobmid reilores an f depoM by the printer to 
make room fo< an /T 


#6o Antony and Cleopatra* 

Ant. He has dcferv'd it, were it carbuncled 
Like holy PbaM Car.*' ■ Give me thy hand ; 
Through Akxandria make a jolly march ; 
* Bear our hickt targets, like the men that owe them. 
Had our great palace the capacity 
To camp this hoft, we would ail fup together; 
And drink carowfes to the next day's fate. 
Which promifcs royal peril. Trumpeters, 
With brazen din blaft you the city's ear. 
Make mingle with our ratling tabourines. 
That heaven and earth may ftrike their founds together. 
Applauding our approach. [Excma.. 


Changes to Cds&s*s Camp. 

Enter a Ctntty^ and bis Companf. £nobtrbus/?Zi!w/. 

Ctnt. IF we be not relieved within this hour, 

JL We muft return to th* Court of Guard \ die 


Is (hiny, and, they fay, we Aall embattle 
By th* fccond hour i'th* morn. 

1 W(Ucb. This laft day was a (hrewd one to^s. 
Eno. O bear me witnefs, night! 

2 JVatch. What man is this? 

1 Wattb. Stand clofe, and lift him, 

En9. Be witneis to me, O thou bleflM nnoon. 
When men revolted fliall upon record 
Bear hateful memory ; poor Enoiarbus did 
Before thy face repent. 

Cent. Enoharbusf 

^fFatcb. Peace; hark further. 

Eno. ^^ Oh fovereign Miftreis of true melancholy, 

2 Bear our bnckt targets^ liki tbi men that 9we tbem*1 <• '• 
hackt as much as the men are, to whom they btloiig. 

«« Tht 

Antonst and Qleopatr^ , i^%^ 

^ The poiibaoiis damp of ni^t 'difpunge opon mc, 

•* That lifq, a very rebel to my will, 

'* May hang no longer on me. Throw my btarc 

Ag^ft the dint and hardnels of my faulc« 

^ hich, being dried with grief, will break to powder^ 

And finifli all foul thoughts. Oh Ant^njy 

Nobler than my revolt is infamous. 

Forgive me in thine own particular ; 

But lee the world rank me in r^ifter 

A mafter-leaver, and a fugitive : 

Oh Antonf ! oh Jntony! , [Difs. 

1 fFatcb. Let's fbeak to him* 

Cm. Let's hear him, for the things he ipeaks 
May concern Cafar. 

2 IVatcb. Let's do fo, but he fleeps. 

Cent. Swoons rather, for iQ bad a prayer as his 
Was never yet for flecp. 

1 Watch. Go we to him. 

2 IVatcb. Awake, Sir, awake, fpeak to us, 

1 JVaub. Hear you. Sir ? 

Cent. The hand of death has raught him. " 

[Df urns afar off^ 
^ Hark, how the drums demurely wake the fleepers : 
Let*s bear him to the Court of Guard ; he is of note. 
Our hour is fuHy out. 

2 fVatcb^ Come on then^ he may recover yet. 


2 — ^ifponge wfon mr J DiJ^ungi a word of his Own lavea« 
tioBy from the fqueeaifig out a fpunge upon any one. ' 

3 Hark^ bow ibt idrmms demarely ] Demunlj for (blemnly. 

The Oxford £^//fr changes demurely to din early. 


I02 Antony ofid Cleopati^^ 

* > 

• • *• A 

. s c E N £ vm. 

Betiaeen the two Camps. 


Enter Antony^ aai Scarus^ mih their Arwf^ 

Ant. np HEIR pfaparation is x.o day By feaj^ 
1 We pl^fe them not by land. 

Scar. For both, my Lord. 

Aa. I would, they'd fight i' th' fire, or. in the aif, 
\7e*d fight there too. But this it is ; oilr foot 
Upon the hills adjoining to the City 
Shall ftay with us^ Oi^er for fea is givfn \ 
They have put forth the haven: further on, 
♦Where their app6intmeht we may beftdifco^f. 
And look on their eodeavbor: ^^eiiT. 

EnterCxGur^widbiijiviB^' i'. 

C^f. ' B«» bekig chai^, we will be'ftiir W Ikikl, 
Which, as I take*t, wc fbsM i for his bfcftWfce^ .-t 
Is forth uy man bis Qaliies. To the valds^ * ^ 

And hokl-our beft advantage. [Exi 

Enter Antony and Scarus; . 

jfnt. Yet they arc not joitfd': 
W^«re yond pineibnds, I (hall difcover all, 

4 Iflferi tbiir appointment 'wt nuy htfi di/covir^ 

And loth on tbiir endeavour.] / . #. where we may M ilif- 
cover their MM j#r/9 and fee their 0M//«/r// 

5 Bnf hetng chargd^ nvfivtll b$ ft ill by land, . 

99^bieb, as I taki\ nvejballi — ] i. /. unleTs Wc bechamd 
we will remain quiet at land, which quiet I Aippoie we &A 
keep. But btiug cbarged was a phrafe of that dme» equm^ 
knt to umlifs nve be, which the Oxford Editor not onderAatfl- 
mg, he has altered the lines thus. 

Not being cbarg'd, we wi/i btftiU by land^ 
Wbich as I take* t wefiall not, 



Antony ^^m/ Cleopatra. 193 

ril bring tlice word ftraight, how 'tis like to gt, [ExU. 

Scar. Swallows have built 
In Qeopatrif% fails their ne(b. The Aagurs 
Say, they know not— they cannot tell — look grttnlyg 
And dare not fpeak their knowledge. Jntofty 
It valiant, and dejeded ; and by ftarts^ 
His fretted fortunes give him hope and fear 
Of what be has, and has not. JiExit. 

S C E N E IX. 

Cbof^es to the Palace in Alexandria^ 

Enter Antony* 

ALL'S loft I this foul Mgyptum hatbbetrayM 


^^ me 

My fleet bath yielded todie foe, and yonder 
They Gift tbeir caps 1^ and caroufe together 
Like fiiends kxig toft. Tjt{>le-tuni'd whdre I 'tis tbott 
Haft Ibkl me to this Novioe» and my bent 
Makes only wars on thee. Bid them all fty^ 
For when I am reveng'd upon my Charm, 
I fttve done ail. Bid them all fly, be gone. 
^ Ob, Sun, thy uprife (hall I fee no more : 
*^ Fortune and Ammf part here^ even here 
** Do we fhake hands— all come to this!-^ ^tb6 hearts^ 
^ That pantler*d me at heels, to whom I gave» 

" Their 

7 i T it harts 

not f AVNBLL*D mi at h^li, &c.] PanmdiingaibitlsmA 
mean here, f Mowing: bat where was the woid ever fiwnd ia 
lach aloife? Pamn/^tdBei bat three things, that I kiiow» in 
Che Mnglijb tongue^ none of which will fuit with the allufioas 
here leqaifite; v/s. That roll or fchedale of parchnent on which 
the nama of a Jury are enterM, which therefore is caird impam* 
meUingi a pane or flip of wainfcot s and a packiaddle for beafls 
of barden. The text it corrupt, and Siaiejfiar moft certainly 
have wrote ; 

n»/ PAllTI.ia*D Mf at bntil 

i. #. nm afier as VkmSMam, arfmtlen^ which word eriginUy 
yoi..VII« O figol' 

" Their wifhes, do difcandy, melt thdr ft^ccfs 
** On Woflbming C^r ; and this pine isbarlc'dir 
That ovcr-topt them all. Bejtray*a I am. i 

Oh^ this falle foul of Mgypt I this gay Cfaaxm» I 
Whofc eye beek'd forth itiy wars> and call'd thcoi ' 
home, ^ 

Whofc bofom was my Crownet^ my chief end|> *^ 
Like a right Gipfie, hath at faft and loofe * 

Beguiled me • to the very heart of lofs. ^ 

What Ervs ! Eros ! - 

Enfer Cleopatra. 

Ah! thoufpeli! avant.— - 

Cleo. Why is my Lord enrag'd againft his Love? 
' jIhi. Vanifli, or I ftiall gire thee thv ddeiving. 
And istletoifli Cdi/br^s Triumph. Let hkn* tftk^£ee, -^ 
And hoift thee up to the (houting Plebeians ; 
Follow his chariot, like thegreateft %bt 
Of aH thy iex^ ''Moll iMtnfttt*-lUfie) be ihe^m y 
For pooi:*(b diminunyQ^) for doits ; mA lee ' 

Patient OShma plough thy viftge op 


fignified the fervajitB who. have t^ .owe qf tl^ibffM». hot ii iM^ 
by our poet for a x^enial fervaht m geofiral, as vsfell a» i|i it|^ 
native acceptation. 
Thus m* GjmMinAy 

And Tt/aon; 

■ p ag€ thy heeiSf 
And iklp luhen thou foint^ft out, 

fi fo ibt nfetj heart of loft.] /. e, to the very.ccatffe; 

4Uudii\g to the term of tl^e heart pf ^vood, 

*9- ""'^nnffi' moftJfer'iHr, htjhrwn 

F^ p9or^fi dimfimtiws/fir dolts; — ] M tko allu&iV 
liere is to monfters carried about in (hews, it is plai^^ that tht 
words, for fr^Ji diminuti'ves, muft mean for th|B Ifaft Biecaff 
money ; we muft therefore read the next word, 

y&r DOITS, I. /.farthings. ^ 

which Aewi what h» means by fofift diminutives. 


AfttaUTt and GtEb^ATitA. 195, 

■ With ifer preparal oaik^ *Tis weU« thour't gooei 

{Exit CkopadiL 
If it be well to lire. But better 'twere, 
Thoii feirft into my fury \ for one death 
Might have prevented many, Eros^ hoa f 
The fhirt of Nejfus is upon me ; teach me^ 
Alcsdesj thou mine anceB^or ; thy rage- 
^(a) Led thee lodge Licbas on the horns o* th* Moon, 
And with thofe hands that grafpt the heavieft chib,, 
Subdue r^) thy worthicft fclf. The Witch fhall die ; 
To the young Roman boy fhe hath fold me, and I fair 
Under his plot : (he dies for't. Eras^ hoa ! [Exit. 

Re-enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Mardian. 

Cleo. He^ me, my women ! oh , he is more ittad 
Than fekmm for his ihield i the boar of Jbejfafy 
Was never fo imboft. 

Cbar. To th^ Monument, 
There loek your (elf, and fend htm word you're dead i 
*• The foul and body rive not more in parting, 
^ Than Greatnefi gbiag off. 

Cleo. To th* Monument : 
Mar^affj go teH him I have (lain n^yfefT} 
Say, that tRe lafl I fpoke was Anttny ; 
And word it, pr'ythce, piteoufly, Htfnce^ MarJ&OH^ 
And bring me how he takes my death. To th^ 
Monument. \Exeunl. 

I With her prepared uaUs. — ] /. e. with naib which (he fui^ 
feicd to grow for this purpofe. 

1 t0gd ibit Udge Lichad on thi harm ^ th^ moon^l 71iisimag# 
OOr jpoet feesns to have taken from Seneca*^ Hercules, who iayi 
LicBas being lanched into the air, fprinkled the clouds with hii 
blood* Sofb9cle$^ on the fame occalion, talkf ac a much foberer 

\J^m) Led thee lod'^e Lichas, — Oxford Editor — Vdg, Lit mi 
kdgf Lichas.] 

nh) ^fby worthiifi felf. Oxford Editor — Valg. ^prwpr* 



ig6 Antony and Clbopatra^ 


S C E N E X. 

Re- enter Antony, and Eros. 

Ant. Eros^ thou yet bchold'ft me. 
Eros. Ay, noble Lord. 

Ant. ^ Sometime, "we fee a cloud that's dfagonifln 
« A vapour, fbmecime, like a bear, qr lion, 

* A tower'd citadel, a pendant rock, 

* A forked mountain, or blue promontory 

< With trees upon't, that nod unto the world » 
^ And mock our eyes with air. Tbou'ft feen thefi: 

* figns, 

* They are black Vefper's pageants. 
Eros. Ay, my Lord. 

jint. ^ That, which is now a horfe, even with t 
* thought 
« The Rack cUflimns, and nukes it indillinft 

* As water is in water. 

Eros. It do's, ray Lord. 
jfnt. My good knave, EroSj now chy CapUun is 
Even fuch a body ; here I'm jfntofff^ 
Yet cannot hold this vifible (hape, my knaYe. 
I made thefe wars for JEgyply and theQfcen, 
Whofe heart, I thought, I had, (for (he i^ mkiei 
Which, whilft It was mine, had annext unto't 
A million more, now loft !) fhe, Eros^ has 
' Packt cards with Cafar^ and falfe play'd oiy Glorf 
Unto an enemy's triumph 


3 Packt cards tuith Casrar» and bXk phy*d my Ghry 

Unto an enemy* s triumph »-] SbakeJ^ar has here, « 

nfual, taken his metaphor from alow trivial fubjed; hot hai 
Miobled it with much art, by fo contriving that the priocipal teem 
ID the Aib}e£t from whence the metaphor was taking lllOQIdb^ 
lo0g to,^ andibit the dignity of the fubjedl to which the mctaf^ 
is $rMfet^i: diereby providing at once for the intqprity ofu^ 
^ur«, and die noblenefs of the thought. And this by the «^ 
TaayiiiPif^ which either fignifics O^aviui^t con^ucSf^ or^wbat 

Antony and Cleopatra. 197 

Nay, weep not, gentle Eros^ there is left us 
Our lelves to end our (elves. 

Enter Mardian. 

Ob, thy vile Lady ! 

Sb' has robb*d me of my fword; 

Mar. No, Antotgl 
My miftrcfs lov*d thee, and her fortunes mingled 
With thine entirely. 

Ant^ Hence, faucy Eunuch, peace, flie hath be- 
trayM me. 
And (he ihall die the death. 

Mar. * Death of one perfon can be paid but once, 

* And that ihe has difcharg*d. What thoa would'ft do, 
t Is done uttto thy hand \ the lafl: ihe fpake 

* Was, Antony I moft noble ^/r/^ffy / 

* Then in the midft a tearing Groan did break 

* The name of Antony ; it was divided 

« Between her heart and lips; (he rendered life, 
« Thy name fo buried in her. 

Ant. Dead then ; 

Mar. Dead. 

Am. Ucarm me, Erw, the long day's task is done, 
Afid we m»ft fleep ; that thou depart'ft hence fafe. 
Does pay thy labour richly ; go. [Exit Mardian. 

Off, plucfcofF;. 

The levcn-fold (hield of Ajax cannot keep 
The battery from my heart. O cleave, my fides ! 
Heart, once be (Ironger than thy continent. 
Crack thy frail cafe! apace, Eros^ apace. 

•we now caQ» contradedly, the trump at [caidt» then called tKt 
triumph or the triumphing fort. ^ This ufe of the word fitted the 
yenerable Latimer with a quibbhag text to a feraioii, preached co 
^le fcholan at Cambridge againfl card-playing, from Pr^verhe^ 
'as it is in the old tranflation, Myfon be wje, audmake the heetrf 
triuutph ; which fignified either^ Make the heart g/ad, or maii 
hearts tfumpt* 

O 3 No 

f^S AltTTONY and CLEO*ATR4i, 

No more a Soldier ^bruifcd pieces, go \ 

[Unarsmng Hmfilf. 

You have been nobly borne ; — from me a while 

{Exit Eroi. 
I will overtake thee, Ckopatra^ and 
Weep for my pardon; So'c muft be, for now 
AH length is torture ; fince the torch is out. 
Lye down and ftray no Eurcher. Now all labour 
Marrs what it does, yea, very force entangles 
Itfelf with ftrength ; ^feal then, and all is done. - 
jBrw/-^l come, my Queen — Eros ! — ftay for me^ 
Where (buls do couch on flowers, wcMl hant) in hamf^ 
And with opr fpnghtly nort make the Gholb gasx; 
I Dido an<J her Sicbutus mall want troops, 
And all thehsuint be ours. — Come, Eros^ Eros I 

Enter £ros« 

Eros. What would my Lord ? 

jtfU. Sivizt CUop$tra okdy 
Tve llv'd In <qch diftionour, that the Godg 
Deteft my bafeneis. I, that with my fword 

4 feal tben^ anJaliisdane.'] Metaphor taken frqia cifit 

contra£ls» where, when all is agreed on, the /ealfng coniplfaQ tk 
contra^; foh^haddcterftiinedtd die, and nothing remakiM bqt 
to givp th^ iiro|;e. The Oxford Edihr not apj^reHcnduiB ifcfc 
alters it to — Jleep then^ 

g D\^o and 'her jRjuzhzJhall <want troofij,} ^ pi4faJo9il^ 
nefs did not reach to the other world : She then de^uicd ^Um^ 
wnd retarn'i to her old affeAion for SiCH^va. 

Tandem corripuiifife^ atque inimica refugii 

In Ntmt^imiir^rum : Qmjunx uH priftinwM «AS 

Rejpondei curij, 4gqu0tfui S^cjupus amrtm* 

I Ihoald think, therefore, that the poet ^rote. 

Dido and her S i ch a us ■ ■ ■ ■■* 
And the rather, becanfe the comparifon of Antony to Hch^ntk 
lemarkablf appofite. SuJk^aitg vn» nrarderM by hit brother Ffgm* 
fioft fpt his «(aik)i» on which his wile Dido 8ed into 4/ritk:' So 
Antony was fought with and dcfeited at AQium b/ hu brother 
QUa'uius^ for his ihare of the dominion of the woi3d, wheieaQ 
Cleopatra fled from the TiAor*a rage into J^gyft. 


AmTOHY tmd i^Lt OP AT tkJ^, 199 

Qaarter'd the world, and o'er green Neptu^f% back. 
With (hips» made cities 5 oondemn myfelf, to lack 
The couimge of a Woman \ lefs nobie minde4. 
Than flie, which, by her death, our Cafar tells, 
** I'm conquerer of royfdf/* Thou art fwom, Bmy 
That when the exigent fhonld come;, which now 
Is come indeed, when I fhould fee behind me 
TV lAevi^aUe profecution of difgrace 
And horrour, that on my command thou then 
Wo(;fld'ft kill me. Do it, for the time is come : 
Thou ftrik*ft not me, 'tis C^rfar thou defeat^. 
Put colour in thyxheek. 

Er^s. The Gods,with-hold me ! 
Shall I do That, which all the Parthian darts. 
Though enemy, loft aitn, and could not ? . 

jint. Eros^ 
Would*ft thou be Windo**d in-great Rome^ and lee 
Thy mafter thus with pleacht arms, bending down 
llts coiTigible neck, his fa<:e fubdu'd 
To penetralivt /hame : whiift the wheeled feat ^ 
Of tortunate dtfary drawn before him, branded 
His bafeneis that enfued P 

Eros. I would hot fee^t. 
. Ant. Come then ; for with a wound I muft becur'd. 
fkzm that ttqr honeft iword» which thou haft worn 
Moft ufcful for thy Country. 

Eros. Oh, Sir, pardon me. 
' Ant. When I did make thee free, fwor'ft thwx not 

To do this when I bade thee ? do it at once. 
Or thy precedent fervices are all 
But accidents unpurposed. Draw, and come. 
,. , Efift. Turn from me then that noble CQaatenancc» 
Wherein the worfhip of the whole world lies. 

Ait. Lo thee. ■ [ptrmifg jft^^n biffk 
' •j&'W. My fword is drawn. 
* Arit, Thdn let it do at once 

O4 The 

200 ANTOl^ry anfivC^K/oj^^-^^ik. 

^ '^- V A '5 ■ ^' 

The thiDRwhy thou haft drawn it... , ■ »,, ^ ^t 

S&fimfdf^Y Matter, ' 
My Captain, and my Emp'ror ! Ixt tne fayt 
Before I ftrike this bloody (kroke^ farewd. 

jint, 'Tis (aid, man, and faravel^ - ^ 

Eros. Farewel, great Chief. Shall I (brike namf 

Jnt^ Now, Eros. 

Eros. "Why, there tfien— llEjrm kills Utf^lf. 
T?hus do I elcape the forroiv 
Of Jnton^'s death. WlH 

Ant. Thrice nobler thap my&lf ! 
Thou teacheft me, oh, vaJiant Eros^ wkat f/^ 

I (hould, and thou could'ft not.> v^yQ^fi^ ^^ ^^ 
Have by their brave inftru^tion got upoi^i^ . . 
A Noblenefs in Record. But I will be 
A Brid^rQom in my deaths and run it^\t 
As to a Lover's bod* Come then ; and) Er^^ 
Thy Mafter dies thy Scholar i to do thus.. 

I learnt of thee. How, not yet dej»d^ Vfi4^ i^ 
The guard-— ho! — oh,, dilpatch mCf. 


,,J^nter Dff^mvi, wtd Garni. 

1 Guard. What's thenoife? 
, jt^.^ l^yk done niy work ill, friends : 
O, maice an end of what I have begun, 

2 Guard. The ftar is fain. 

1 Guard. And time is at, his period ! 
yflL Alas„jindwoe! 

-^A'BSnim, thattovfisme, ftrike me deadt 

2 Gudrd. t*or K - 
< 3 Guard. Nor any one. | 

Der. Thy death and fortunes bid thy IqUol ., 

Tlus fword but Ihewn to Cr/Zrr, with tbis 6^iag% 

Sull enter cne with him. 

* - _ - 

J&tf ^ Dioottdes. 

Die. Where's Jfttcrfy ? 

Bsr. There, Dkmedj there. 

i>f0. Lives he ? wilt thou not anfwer, man ? 
' jitaf. Art thou there» Diomd? draw tby fwon^ 

and give me 
Bfiffidng ftrokes for death. 

Dio* Moft ablblute Lord, 
My Miftrefi Ckopairs (ent me to thee. 

ja. When did (fae fend dxee? 

Dio. Now, my Lord. 

4nt. Where is flic? 

Dio. Lockt in her Monument. She had a pioph«>- 
lying fear ^ "^ 

Of what hath come to pafi; for When Ihe&w 
^hich never (hall be round) youdidfufpcd 
She bad diQx)sM with Qefar^ and that your ngp 
Would not be purged, uie fent word (he was wad. 
But fearing fince how it might work, hath fepc 
Me to proclaim the truth^ and I am come^ 
I dread, too late. 
jlni. Too late, good I}kmdi call my Guard, I 

Bio. What, ho! the Emperor's Guards TheGuMt^ 
What, hoa! 
Come, your Lord calls. 

Enter the Guard. 

Jtnt. Bear me^ good friends^ where Ckcff^ra bides 
'Tis the hit fervice that I ihall comoiaiul yoii« 

Guard. Woe are we. Sir I yon smy not live tp 
Aff]wmr true followers out 

jBi. Moft heavy day I 

202 AwTON7 artd Ci,Eor±Tai.K» 

Jilt. Nay, good oijr feUowi, <b not i^cafe fliii|» 

Fate H 

To ^ce it with your forrows. Bid That welcome 
Which comes to punilh us, ami we puniih it 
Seeminc to bear it lighdy. Tdk« me up, 
I have ted you oft; carry me MW^ go(xi friends^ 
And have my ihanks for aU. 


Changes to a magniJtcefU Monument. 

Enter Cleopatra, Charm ian, mid Iras, ubove^ 

Cleo./^H Cbarmian^ I will never go from heti<ie. 
KJ Chear. Be comforted, dear Madam. 
CU^i No, I win not : 
AH ftrang^ and terrible events %xt welcortie. 
But comforts we defpife \ our fize of forroW, 
Propordofi'd to our caufe, muft be as great 
As that ^tch makes it. 

Enter Di 

t j|f^«V 

How now ? is he dead ? 

Bh. His death's upon him, but hot dead. 
Look out o' th' other fide your Monument, 
Hit Guard hate brought him thither. 

Enter Antony, home iy the Guard. 

Cko. • O thou Sun, 
Turn from th* great Sphere thou mov'il inJ— -dark* 

The varying fliorc of th* world ! O /htofi^ f 


* i Ogif$MSuM, 

Bonn tk0 grna sphere tbenm^v'M i0«*^r«dark!fiig/«ff/ 
ne yv^\algfif9r§ •* /P nuorl^! J-—- Tbn nwyinj^ Jkort f 
$jf nverUI K e* of the £4ir^,iwikre light and daikods inake 

AhTONY and CLEO?ATltA. 20^ 

Help, Cbarmiani hdfs Irss^ hdpi hdp» friends. 
Below; let's draw him hither. 

jht. Peace. 
Not Qejar^s valour hach o'er-thrown Anton^^ 
But Afiiovy hath triumphed on himlelf. 

Cko^ So it fhould be, that none but Antony 
Should conquer Anitmf ; but, woe, 'tis fo I 

Ant. I am dying, MgypU dying; onJy yet 
I here importune death a while, until 
Of many thoufand kifles the poor laft 
I lay upon thy lips.— Come down. 

C%». I dare noc» 
(Dear, dear my Lord, your pardon, that I dare 

not ;) 
Left I be taken ; not th' imperious ihew 
Of the full-iyurtgn'd C^far ever ihall 
Be brooch'd with me ; if knife, drugs, ferpeots, havi 
Hdge, fting, or operation, I am iafe; 
Tour Wife Oilavia^ with her modeft eyes 
7 And ftill conclufion flvtli acquire no honour, 
Demuring upon me. But come, come, Antof^f 
Help me, my women ; we muft draw thee up p 
Aflift, good friends. 

AfU. Oh, quick, or I am gtxie. 

Qeo. Here's fport, indeed! — how heavy weighs 
my Lord I 
Our ftrength is all gc^e into heavineis^ 
That makes the weight. Had I great Juno*% power, 

an inceffant i)ariation. Bat then, if the Sun fhould fee on £rc dsB 
whole Sphere, in which he was fuppofed to move, how coald thtf 
Bzrikk Jtaud darkling f On the contrary it would be in perpetod 
light Therefore, if we will allow Cieefmira not to bt quite mad, 
we muft believe (tifi iaid. 

TuRH FROM tb* great Spbtn tbw m§v*fl inl- 

i e, for lake it, fly off from it : and thtn indeed the coftfcqusnes 
would be^ chi»c the varying Jb$rt would become invariabfy daa^. 

J And ftill coBclufton, — ] «. e. fedately collected in herfelft 
wh^h ^en the fig he of me ^0^14 not I& up into ptSon. 


10% Ai»r©NY imti ChEOpkikA. 

ThetftmiigHwiBg^d MtHury Ihould fetch thre up. 
And fet thee by J(ro^% fide. Yet come a little, — 
Wiftiers were ever fools. Oh come, come, come- 

[73&^ draw Antony up to Cteopatnu 
And welcome, welcome. Die, wi^re thou haft 

Quicken with kifling; had my lips that power. 
Thus would I wear them out. 
^Jll. O -heavy fight! 
Ant. I am dying, ^gypff dying. 
Give me fome wine, and let me fpeak a little. 
• Qeo. No, let me (beak, and let me rail fb high. 
That the hKc hufewife Fortune break her whed, * 
ProvcJi^'d by my ofience* 
' jht. One word, fwect Queen. 
Of Qefar feck your honour, with your fefety— • 

Cko. Tiiey do not go togeiiier. 

jfHt, Gentle, hear m^ ; 
None about CJfar truft, but ProcuUius. 

Cko, My refolution, and my hands, FH Cnift i 
NoM about Cafar. 

Ant. The miferable change, now at my end. 
Lament, norforrowat: but pleale your thoughts 
In feeding them with thofe my former fbrtohes, 
Wherein I liv'd the grcateft prince o* th* world, 
The nobleft once ; and do not now bafely die. 
Nor cowardly put off my helmet to 
My countryman : A Roman^ by a Roman 
Valiantly vanquifii'd. Now, my fpirit is going; 
I can no more —. [^Antony dUs^ 

Geo. Nobleft of men !— woo't die ? 
Haft thou no care of me? fliall I abide 
In this dull world, which in thy abfence is 
'No better than a ftyc ? O fee, my women ! 
The crown o* th* earth doth melt— —my Lord I 
Oh, withered is the ^rlaod of the war. 



Antonv and CiEopATiA. $0$ 

The (bldier's pok is £UPa:. yomig boys^uidgirh 
Are level now with men $ the odds is gone; 
And there is nothing left remarkable^ 
Beneath the vlfiting moon. [She faints. 

Qhot. Oh, quietneis, Lady I 

Iras. She's dead too^ our fovereign. 

Cbar. Lady! 

has. Madam! 

Cbar. Oh Madam, Madam, Madam ■ 

Iras. Koy z\ JEgyps! Emprds! 

Ci^iir. 7peace^ peace, ffisi 


t Pietcft -fmtt^ T&AS.] CItopaira is fallen into a (Woon; her 
maids endeavour to recover her by invoking her bj her fevenU tide*. 
At length, Cbarmiau fays to theoth^, Piacif pwa, Inds oa 
which Cleopatra comes to herfelf, and replies to thefelaft words^ 
fhi jm an mtjtakenlama men imman like jourfelf, Thua 
ftands this fen felefs dialogue. But Shake/pear nt^vtr Wrote it fo: 
We raofl obierve then, that tho two women call her by her feveral 
titles^ to fee which beft pleafed ber^ and this waa highlyiii cha* 
rader: the Ancients thought, chaf not only Men, but Gods too^ 
had fome names which, above others, they much delighted in, 
and would feoneft anfwer to; as we may fee by the hymns of 
Orpheus^ Horner^ and Callimachus. The Poet, eoalbimiag to 
this notion^ makes the maids fay. Sovereign Lady, Madam^ Rejal 
iEgypt, Emprefs, And now we come to the place in queftion: 
Charmiam^ wheii (he faw none of thefe titles had their effedl, in- 
vokes her by a ftiU more flattering one ; 

Peace t peace ^ Is is! 
for fo it (boiiU be rtad aad pointed: /. e. peice, we can fitvir 
move her by thefe titles : Let oi give her her fsurourit^^iane of 
the Goddeis I s i s . And now Cleopatra^ ^ anfwer becomea pertincat 
and fine; 

No 0ure but a mere tooman ; an J commanded 
By fmcbpoor pajjion at the maid tha$ milks, 

f . €. I now fee the folly of afiaming to myfelf i!ho(e flattering 
tiilesof divinity. My misfortunes^ and my tapeoencein bear- 
iBg chemp convince me I anv a mere wcunan and (abjedb to all cht 
paffions of the meaneH of my fpe^. Here the Poet haafollow^ 
cd HiHory exadly, and what is ni6xCf his author Plutarcb in Am^ 
tanio • who £17% diat CleopeOra aflnmcd the habit and attribatea 
•f that Goddefs, and gave ju^gmcaa or father omdci to her 


ic6 A*^^oNY ijW Clxcpatra. 

Clio. ^^ No more bat a xneef woman ; and cofflu 
<< By fuch poor paffion as the maid that milks, 
*l^ And docs the mcaneft chares ! — It were for mc 
«* To throw my fccptcr at th* t njurious Gods ; 
<< To tell them, that this world did equal theirs, 
" •Till they had ftol'n our jewel. All's but naugbc : 
*< Patience is (bttifh, and impatience does 
*' Become a dog thaifs mad : Then is it fin, 
^* To rufh into the iecret koafe of death, 
^ Ere death dare come to us ? how do you, women ?v 
^^ What,what, good cheer ! why, how now, Cbanmm f9 
•* My noble girls ?— — ah, women, women ! look, . 
<c Our lamp is ri)ent, it's out — ^good Sirs, take heart, 
*« W^U bury him : and then what's brave, what'a 

^( L^t^s do it after the high Roman fafhion, 
^^ And make death proud to take us. Cooie away. 
This cafe of that huge fpirit now is cold. .^ 

Ah, women, women ! come, we have no friend 
But refolution, and the briefeft end. 

{Exeuni^ iearJ^cff'AxaaRj^sicJ^. 

people under the quality of the NEW ISIS. Kkuor^T^ 

^T99<h iTiejzr U^v 1-2,1 A02 €A*^3*y«, xiei NEA ISIS 



Anro^x and CtEorATHA^ 307 


EMttr Caelar, Agrippa, DoUbeUaa MkrariW» ' 

Gallup W Ttmt. 

GO to him, Dolahllay bid hitn yield ; 
Being fo fhtftrate, tell hicn. 
He mocks cbe paufes that he makes. 
Dd. C4far^ I fliall. lE^k J^ohhtll^ 

Enter Dercetas, with tbejwrd of Antchiy. 

Oef. Wherefore is that ? and what art thou, that 
j^ppcar thus to us? 

Der. I am calPd Dercetas ; 
Mark Antmrj I fcrv'd, who belt was worthy 
Beft to be ferv^ ; whilft he ftood up, and (poke. 
He was my mafier, and I wore my life 
To Q)end upon his haters. If thou pleafc 
To take me to thee, as I was to him 
ril be to Cafar : If thou picafeft not, 
I yield thee up my life. 

Ctf What is't thou fay*ft ? 

Der. I fay, oh, Cafarj Antotff is dead. 

Cdf. The breaking of fo great a thing fhould makt 
A greater crack . The round world (hould have fhook 
Lioas-inco civil ftreets, and citizens 

Into their dens -The death of jlntonj 

Is not a Angle doom, in that name lay 
A moiety of the world. 

Der. HiBisdead, C^far^ 


Not by m pib]ickriBJAii^^of::juft^ 
Nor hy a hired knife ; but that felf-handp . , ^ 
Whtra writ liis honour in ific a&s it dli^ • *^ 
tttth with the coura^, which the heart did lend i^ ^ 
Splitced the heart. This is his (word; " . , ' : 

I robb*d his wound of it : behold it fbiin^f \ 

WA hb moft noble blood. ' - - ' -^^ 

Gef Look you fad, friends: ^j; < ! ! ^ 

The Gods rebuke me, but it is a tiding ' /' ^"'^^ ^ 
To wafli the wes of Kingjs ? ; ' 'V" m 

Jpr. And ftrange it is,, . \\ ;' ^ ' "*^ 
That nature muft compel us to lament . ^ / S^ 
Our moft perfified deeds. .. ^ 1?S " ^.Lr^ 

M6C. His taints and hbndurs ^ r y ^'^ -^^^^^ 
Weigh'd equal in him;: - -^ ; -""^ ** ^ -* '^^^ ' 

j^.- A rarer fphit hev^"' ' 
Did fteer hutnaoitv ; but jou GoJs ^^^^^^^^ 
Some faultis to make W mp n.' Cf^ftKBI 

Afer. When fuch a l^ciouirmimM^i^ 
He needs miift fee himfflf. ' - •'^ , 

CsfrOfjtnttm^ f ' ' v' -' ^-^^v WT r-. ^ biA 

IVe follo^M thee to this bot wewBfic^^^'^* ^^ 

fiifcafcifn'pur bodies. I muft perfoi&l^^^ L^"^ 
Hate iRrvSfoo thee fuch5!lecl&iftgi#g*^^ • ?^ .. 

Or fodk^drr t^ine ; we could not ft^'SsS'^''=^\ ^ * 
In the whole world. But yet let mel^^^r ^ ^^ 
With te^fiSs fovtreig^ J^c \^oc4 ^^j,^^^ , 
That tRbdvDy'brothefi tnV compctifflP''^^ ^' ""^ 
lntopof^l^d5gn/.%;%^ '/^ 

Friend and ccattpaqronjinthcfrontbf J^ ' ^"^ 
The arm of inine,6wr?^4fdy/and tlJblf&t ' ^ , 
When; jninelft thou^ts-dfd^indley^ 
Un-ftc^ileable, Ihould have-^iviifAcr'*- ^^^ '^^' 
Oiai:.«qjj^ ihia i Hor tqc^ goad^«nd% .%. j 
But I will tell you at fome meeter feafen.-^-** •'-»•• •• 
The bufinefi of this man looks out of him, 
Wc*llji€fr4iim what he fan. Whence aip wu ? 

MgSf^ A poor Mgyftum yet; the (^een my 

ConfinM in all Ihe has, (her monument) 
Of fhy mHBtB deiires inftmOion i 
That ihe preparedly may frame herielf 
To ch' «^ flie*s forced to. 

C4^ Bid her have ffood heart ; 
She loon ftaX\ know of us, by Ibme of our% 
Hem honoorabiy and how kindly we 
Determine for her. For Otfar cannot live. 
To be vxxgscsOst. 

jEgypi. Mav the Gods prderve thee ! [Exit. 

Otf. Come hkfaer, Pracuttiu's ; go, and lay, 
Wt porpOfe her no fhame ^ g^^e her what comfot-ts 
The qaality of her mfiion Ihall require ; 
Left iQ her grcatDcfi bv ibme mortal ftioke 
^ 4p ddcat rnc for ber life ia Ram 
(liyWouUbecteriialinRour ttiiunph. Go^ 
And with yoor fpeodim bring OS what ihe (ajSy 
And bow ym find her^ 

Pr§. Ce/ar^ t Hall {Exil Proculeiua. 

Cir/I Gilhup gp yott afoqg i-*where*s jDoitfc^ . 
To ftcood PrKMkius f [ExU GMm. 

AU. DpkbdUl 

Caf. Let him alone ; for I remember now» 
How he's emph^'d : he Aall in time be ready* 
Go with me to my Tent, wfaeit yoa ihall iee 
How hatdly I was drawn into this war i 
How calm and gentle I proceeded ftill 
In all my writings. Go with me^ and fte 
What I can ihew in thit. lExemt. 


i {«) mmU h 4tir9alif^. Osfttd EdfCor« Vdg. «««</ 

itHmmlim.'] \ 

V<oi..Vn. - F SCENE 

aiO. A^TQNY ^Wa CL^O»A.TRA.. 

S C E ' N E II. 

Changes td the Monwnenh 

Enter Cleopatra^ Charmian, Ii»^ MmUbui^ and 

Sclctx»ft» ^ime. 

Gb#.]k ilT defolatipn. does begin to make 

iVl A better life j ;tis paltry to be Cdtfar} ,, 
Not being Fortune, hc*$ bqt Fortune's knave, 
A minifter of her Will \ ' and ic is great 
To do that thing, that ends all other deed$ i ^ ; ' 
Which ihackles accidents, and bolts uo change j^' 
[Lulls wearied nature to a found repofej' 
(Which flews, and never palates more ithe^1pugg:]| 
The beggar's nurfe, and Qefar\. / ? " 

and it If great 

ih d§ itai tBhg, that in A aS ^fhet dMt f 
Which JUmAlu^ ^cUnrU^ «tii )Mir t^ 4iii^ i . 
Which Jli^f^ fi^ n$(^er MlaUi ^oK^.^i^ff h f : 
The hi£gars nur/e, and Cxiai^j J The ^oncuji ^of, filicide il 
here faid, to fiackU accidents i td 60 A up ihdkgi\ h hi tU 
tiggaf^s nurjk, and OxXatfi. ^ hx the' detedddto^ ^JkldlMile. 
But w]i<R it h '£iid, ^tt ie:/k»t(^fmd tmnFf/e^Hntm^imtha Kigv 
we find neither fenfe nor. proM-iety : whjcjik ii fCj^a^MC^-fagr the 
lofs of a whole line between the third and roujrdi^'~aBiitlic oerropC 
roding of the laft. word in die fearth, VKe 1fi6u)d sbd tte 
paflagcthos, -' ' ..••*'. i < - . ,i ' 

Ifhich Jhaciies accidints, and halt^ ttp^chMtgi: ; 
[Lulls wearied natore to a found repd^] "^'' 
[Which /kipe; mhdmti^irpaitttssikirfittlhronii 
ni i^gpn-^j pnfi^ 49^C«ikr*s. 

HM thi9;!ine in hooks Was the fubaaa^e <yf fhUt Iflt^ ft erMat 
from its makittg ieiSt of titir'tht^ reil: which are e6 tttis db£^» 
^h U gfk^ H & thmi whic^'^is itff^m altHbf kt^dM^^ 
hmanity^ Imlli dur ovir-wiHried nahtn ts rifofi f^Afr^'«N» 
fiaps^ and has no mpn afpetite fir tvortdlf ihfijmmn,) and is 
gfttaOp ihi nnrfi ^f Caefar uiti tbi iiggar^ 


^ VJ 

A N r o S V and C L E 6* p^ aVr a/ i 1 1 

Enter Proculeius, 

Pr9. Citfar fends Greeting to the Q^mkoS M^ypt^ 
And bids thee ftody on what fetr demands 
Thou a)can*ft to have him grant thea 

dea. What^s thy name^ 

Pro. My name is Procukius. 

Cko. JMoiff 
Did cel| me oF you, bade me truft yoU| hai 
I do n^ gn^tly caref to be deceived. 
That have liQ ufe for truftiog. If your matter 
Would have a Qijecn his beggar, you mutt tdl Jiim^ 
That MfjeHy^ to keep dscarum^ muft i 
No lefi iSg th^n a Riogdotn ; if he plealc 
To giyft-mp^conqucr'd Mgypt for niy Sbn, ' 
fie ppm i6e (b much of (nine own, asl 
Willkneel to him with thanks. 

Pro. .Be- of good cheer: ^_ 

You're £d*z} loio a ^4ncely ha<K}, feir nothing ; ' 
Make yoiir^ iltf *f^iice'Atety4o my lovd. 
Who is fo fiill of grace, ?hat it fld#s oVd: 
"da all that oeed. I>c me tep6fl! 16 him 
Y<9ii*4Mif/idepBiidbMyf ood y^ 
AConqQ^fW^lhatwill^Mf'jnjM'l^ - 

'l^nikrc'kld^ grace is kkictfU 
,, <^^^cft/.yw,' ttllthim; 

I am his fortune's vaf&I, ' and I lend him 

The Greatnefr he hsK got. * \ hpsriy 

A dbft^lSf dtJM^n^, ^9 ^Wd g^I/ 

* ■ » 

^ , a » ■■ - rAMiWiU im^ joraid/^r kiMd^e/hl Prying, im aid 

g f^' i ,11 K ■ And tftnd Km ' 

TbtWeittn^fi te h^tgQt. ^ \\ ] /.v. I iiaTenodiiagti»'ftii4' 

]ua, alladiog to the prefents fent by vafiaU to their lordt. 

P a Ha?e 

Have comfort, for, I know, jour plig|it is pity M - ^ 
Of him that amd it, . * 

{flere C^Xius^ andGm^^ afiendjffe Mmamnt if 
a Xf-addiTy and oUer at a hack ff^nid^^ ] 
Gall. Toa fee* ho^ c^Iy % may be ([xtpxxz^dL^ 
Pro. Guajrdhcc, Vdrc^eomc. .., .r^ 
Iras. O Royal Qsjceni . . v -. ; V A 

Char. OhCleopatraJ thpu art takcnj^^CCp.«*?:Trr ■ c i 
^%^^^^ quick^^ppd hands/. .;^;;;. ^., ^^^ 

Pr^. Hold, worthy lady^. hold: -i.^irn 3"^-" **«>^* 
Do not your felf fuch wrong, * who^i;^^^^ ..^c^ 

CiSfa. Whit,^ of death too, that^xJ^ f^SPSkm 

Pro. Do not abule my maft^-'s b«inty^ b^ 
Th* undo!ng^6f yoaf felf: let the world fee 
His Noblenefi well a^)ed, .whidi yopr death 
Will never let come fbf th. 

Oeo. Where art thou. Death? ^v.lAli•i^<'^ ^ 
Come hither^ come; ohittne, aiid*«kb«iQoato^i'*^' 
Worth mao]r.babei:aiidlhflggars«. n ^^ro) lU^a 3it i *f 

Pro. Oh, temperance, ladyl . - . n o- ipd '^>^^ > ' 

Cleo. Sir, I will eatnomeat, iTUa^bflUnk^:^ 

Rblib v*D» but M/ h$tr^4,} ,As jpls9fil{l0lMillmt 
i8» it > ^.9tqpt i^ SbakiJ^mr iiied the wora //^ 
w<»il^ ]K«i^)idddtt,^iiWnotbetmrM. ftit tfcatWiu ^ 
word Ae »^t4hewV IIT^V^^*^ *^wl£y^^^ 
with rilie^ftd ; bat will dircft «• 10 the gaiiilhav|»iMy ti^UA^ 

1. #. hna'o^d o£ death, or of the means of defiroving jroar fci& 
Ai# not httfwfi to yoar cieftauAioii. « Bf the puKMe' iSI^'ii^li^r 
reply, (he allades to her bemg before htntin^i of i4tt>#^7 JH^^ 
Cba» bis fpcech becones^corscftjr and ber vqrtir^^crftDCBt. 


Antony fl»rf G'leopatra. ^13 

* If idle tfiife wSl oner be ncccflary, / * ; / ^ 

1*M not flcm neither. This mdrtar houlc I'll niin^ 

Db CS^/Zjr what he can. Khow^ Sir, thaj t 

Will n<^ Wt pinionM at youi^ * mattcr^^ Court, 

Nor once be chaflis'd with tlje fobercyc \ 

Of dull 0£hma. Shall th«y hoift me up; 

And (hew me tp the ihouting varlotry 

Of ccns'ririg Itcmef rather a ditch in Mgypi 

Be gentle Grave unto me ! rather on Nitus* nAA 

L&y me ttzxk nakMf and kt the water-flies 

Bmr me into abhorring f rattier make 

My Country's high Pyrafkides tny gibbet^:^ 

And hang me up in chainsi ' ^^ . 

Pr0. Tmim^cxcend^ ^ ^^ '' '; V '- '• 

Tbefe tixKiriits of horror flirt^er than yoti (bill^ , ^'\ 

• 'i^ :-:; 

"V I 

Wfaafe4MPlnftd»0B;iiiy^awfter C^^ knoniis^Al 
And he iuuh fent for tba»^>)Bdfbr theC^eto^ 
Pll take her to my guaixK' i^' --^ * »i*^^ c r> - 

It fliall content me bed } be gentle to her ; 

To Cdfar I will fpeak whalt vOo ifaali pktfei — . 

ISrjtarfBidinpl^^to hi^^^^ .. - ^ ^'^^.^ 

2W. Aflliredly^ you kaowuine^ ' i 

I. c if riyf/^ be acoeSaxy to cheriih lifc^ 1 will not ilcep. 

P 3 C/^^- 

ixjL Antony and Cleopatra. 

Cleo. No matter, Sir, what I have heard or koovft:. 
You laughs when boys or women tell their dre^im i 
Is't not your trick ? 

DoL I uiidprftaiid not, MadacB. 

Oea. 1 dream ty there was an Emperor Adaisf^ - '- 
Oh fuch another fleep, that I m^bt fee. 
But fuch another man ! 

DoL If it might pleafif ye-— ^ 

Cleo. His &ce was as the heav'nsi and thevein ftuck 
A Sun and Moon, which kept thjcir counley^aod. 

ligtited - i/i 

The lixtlc^ao^rfj' Earth. 

Dot. Mofl: fovereign creacurel««^--*-r^ 

Cleo. His legs beftrid the oceaUf his^jai^diarmi 
Crefted the world : his Toioe was profxsttied. . 
As all the tuned Sf^etsea,* when that t^Srisah : . .^ 
But when he meant toottail, and fliake tba£kb» . 
He was as raflifi^ thunder. For his bounty. 
There was no winter in't V Art (4) Aummn 'nfas. 

That grqw the more by i**apinfr ^ Hi$ . di^ 

Were dolphin^^like* they (hew^a his back^ajbove . 

Tha« dement they liv*d in ; jn his liwufdo .snvi a . . . 

Walked Crowns and Coroneii, realms and iflndt imW 
As platps drppt from iiis pocket. ^^ ^ «^. 
DoL Cleopatra ^^ ^. .. .. . r^4^ii>:> 

Geo. Think you, tbefe^was» QtApni^tn^hii JoAmi 

man • • • • •- *^* >,'«»*^i'v^^ ^*»** 

As this I driartt of? ^ , = / , ' j ':\ " : ; •♦ 

,,DoL , Gcsntje Madam» nd^** •«•..* ' ^ ')^>>v ^ *«-' > -t * « 

#CiS09» . Yioa Me» up to Ui« iiearira W the iGods 4 ^ 

But if there fae^ or ever wehr iwe liteh^^ *** ^'^* 

It's pad the fize of dreaming : Katurc wanCs fioflT >r, 

6 A r^/M^O xftotti by lit-^kfotmU. 

w '• 

£ («) Juttmm. Mr. JhethaU. Vulg. ABt9nj.\ 


Antonv aad Cleova^tka^ 2^5 

To vye ftrange fortm wkh Fancjr, ^ yet t'imagine 
Aa -rf*tfa»jf, were Nature** Prfec 'gainfl: Fancy^ 
Condemning Ihadows quite. 

DoL He^r me^ good Adkdam: . 
Your JoTs is as your iclf« gi«af ;. and you bear It, 
As anfw'ring to the weight : 'would, I might; ncvtr 
CXcr^take puHu'd fuccefs, but I do fee!, • 

ar the rebound of yours, a grief that fhoots 
y very heart ac root. ' * i 

Qeo4 I thank you. Sin 
Know you, what Qe/ar means to do with tfitt 
Del. Vm loth to tell you, #hat I would jou knew. 
Cleo. Nay, way you. Sir. * ' 

DcL ThoiJgR iie be honodr^e— ^ :i 

Oea. He^U iMd tne in'triufnpfaf 
JDofi Midaln, bo iHM, fk^ow^r* 
jBI^ Make way Asn^^^^Offat. ' 

I * ' « « 

-aff / ^V«i^«# 

^jv Aatoiiy . <zt;«r# 'Nature's riscE !^4i^ ^<<*50ff 
ComdenmHgjpadvws quite. yj)^i% is a mie iencimeiit i but br 
^EUfc liMi^'attd |wiiit$n|f1)icotM unirtcti1li;^br^. Though 
whn fet right, obfeore aioiigh40;d«fenre acomoveot SJ^Jt0$A^ 

yt tUmopini 

Am Ant0ny, -lu^rr Vatwrfs Phize ^gttinjt Fancy ^ 

lioigrhk^iitlhb, Vdttte, M gemril, Hktsikot materiah 
$m^b Hjumijh mit riaIfirmt,/or every m$del tha4 ibt boundieft 
ftiwer of the imaginaiiou earn sketch out : (NiiCure,|firgms .matter to 
rrt ftrange fonns with Pane/] But iho* this be true in genjtral, 
tHtt natoie it more poer, narroto, 'dnd confined than fancy« yet U 
mmfi ^.>< W < ^* v<^^ ^nktM msaxm'frrfent0 a^^-Atmiif ta ue, fie 
then gets ii^ fetier rf AoUKt fftd maiet 4*tj»M she.AwAfpMUoa 

jCubwf^iie.J The wotQ pRtrirV which Iriave r^ftored, is very 
pretty, is faring a concestioii becwcea nsttiri and gmagittaeiom 
about the laiger extent of their ^pewt rs ; and mitkrg gaining the 
W%IZM hj prMJQcing Antony, 


S C E .N E 'fV'?*^i^ 

• •* « 

•r- : , • •' ■:,.: •' >vi\ * :■ \ 

Caf. Which is the Q^n of J^j^J 4;.- nr f 
Pff/. U is jdbte Emperor, Madam. -. ^JifS^ikfmk^ 
C^ef. Arife, you mall not kned; ^.j a^,* » i<;d 
I iPfiW^pu, . fifii ^ifc, .i^i^, . ; a.: «,HT ^> > 

Ofo. Sir, the Go^y^^ .. . ,; , ..n-a zirt tojU 
WiU h}wy.t;j:b«Wi,ipK;fp^.a^ nffi^Mtbl /tj oT 
Imuftobeyi .. stxi- '» or. » ,fn..NtM ^'i 

The record ofwhat mms§ JWm ^M i. ./; W . vr\ 

As thin^ out done by chance. . • "«on^ 

Ci^ftf. JSol^^Sir p'd^»,ff f^^j • r . i J . Yfc'>^ \ J 
* I cannot piiafier mine (^n;caule jq ine%.o :• ; ^.f^ 
Tp make it clears big! ^,dQ^!Conf:fs^ - Jt> Q!!i'^ ^-"^ - ic^ 
Beea4aaca,wrii|ike fgppl ¥rfM«h*F6?<i|in'. 'i woH 
Have pftefliflwu'4 ompS«. . ;> -ri^i^ a« W' -^ -lA 

"We w^l^Kw^tera*^ ,h r r^ vl 

If yourapply yourW W.Ofir.injppitf,, .erii sv,; .niT 
(which tQw'rds you are moft gentle) you^iSiiP fiaa 
A Jjcoffif iii,this Changpf) but if .yqu %4 A » \ '^:^ 
To Jay on ow.a facuelw,, ty taking, .„ ! ^ ■,.(, .;..^„ IT 
Antoirfz courfe, you iball bereave yourif^d vijilt <> 
Of my good purpofps^awj, put yoiir fl^^^Sf^ no 
To that ^e^cuaioa mwi^.}L% .gfNixl xtn^ |K>ni^' . 
If thercon*you trfie/ .Jyl^jakf .W:i»fC.prT*: :.n7 

invent tjcittdcii tM tgrpliOMiOi 'which.rt die ltel^«libJ^:l|N ^ . 
}| ii plain tben we ihqa^.fip|^> ^ * : * .* * ^* f/^i'^^ 

The te^lmkjJ ter«^ t<K jj^^ Jyjw a4v«^^^ ^-r \ \ .wi ^* 

AMTevorqa^^bBOPATRA* 217 

Qet. And may, throt^h aU die world : *cts yours } 
•nd^H*, 1 '^ 'f > ;- 
Toor icutdwoos, and your figns of Conqueft, fhall 
Ibagia'wIbitiiBceyoKphim.'Alfete, m^^odlord. 

C^. Yoa Hull advife jme iiivall for CUepatra. 

Gfev. This is the brief of mony, plate, ^ jewels 
t am poffift df-;-J»tib exadTy valued, ' '' 
Ndt^ee^ ^iaam omined-^iriier^s Stktietii f ^ 

id. Here, Madaiti. / 

GEw. This is my trcafitfce, let him ^k; rii^ Iglil, 
Upon his peril, tliat I have refervM 
To my ftlfiidtllliBg. -Speak die truth, iiktim. . 

£</. Madam, I had rather leal my Ups,^^ '~ 
Than to my fttX-fpeA that' #hi(h is ml"" >■ ^ 

Cke. What Wrve f tespt Wak!? ^ ^ ' ' " 

SiT. '&Bid^ to purchiife; #htt you K^nre made 

known. : ..r j . 

Ge/I Nay, Uqih not, €&epMr4 1 I approve 
Tour wiMorfc^H the deed. ^ N ^ ^ ^ 

How Pomft'fil^flowM ;> *»%' wit rtiVirJbeJpmi ^ 
And, ihould we ihift eftatiis,' yours wOuH j^minc; - 
Th' ingratiwde of this 5*&j»^"^*s ■-':. 
Ev'n make me vrikl. Oh)nRr(f,:ornoin(irbTi^ 
Than k>ve that's- hf»^-i-Wh^i,goeft thou hit)cf ^^m 

Go bafk, i'^rhi^ thee: bsult-ril' catch diiiie ey/^"; 
Though they had wings. ^S^avc^ ibdt-le& VilkiJi; dott» 
O mdy bim^^ -••-•■ ••■' -■ •■ ■ ■■ ■ -' - ^ ■ '"' iT 
Cef. GS^Qfteh^ fee ti^lhtrtit yoai i:"^'^ '*-' "- 
Ckf. '^ «?J*&s • wWk a "M^biiiidiiig fliartife' ft YHIL'- ,' 
That thou, 'Voi&Kfifiri^fie^'to via nS^i " ""' ' 
Poiog thf^Jlitf)iK>Mi!, ofthy.jj^i^line^ a ., ij xt>:.«». x x 

tTobOocAHiwak^ thetmioe own iewani ffihuid 

Panel the fum of my difgrtces by ' ' "^''' " ■ ' " 
Additk>n of his envy ! Say, gbbd Qejar^'' ^ 

That I ibme lady-trifles havirrd<rv*4 '" 


2^8 AnTiONY. it»d^CLn(VPvATKA.^ 

I(ninoineDt ftyys, ibings of fuch Digf^QF 
As we greet modem friends withal s and bfi 
Some nobkrioken I havekMCtpAFC 
For Uvia and OSmU^ to induce 
Their mediation, muft I be unfolded 
1^ one that I bafw bml? the Gods !-^it fniecs t 
Beneath the Fall I have^ Prithee, ^o^bcnoev 
Or I Ihall fliew the cinders of my fpiritp 
9 Through th* aihesof my chaqoe : wert ihoa a man^ 
'll^hou wouM^ft haw jnercy on me* < <» « x' 

C^f/T Forbear, Selmm. . . ,* O 

Cko, ' Be'tkno^n^ that we» xYitQtmiAi sn wSPC 
For things tmtotbfm^dot AndwheQVfdfaH • j 
We anfwer. Others* merits, in our names 
i^re therefore to be:pttied. . 

9 Through tP ajbis cfjrvf cli&nce :J. Or ffrtmte, Aflodingto'iiu 
imperial edifice barnc Jown atid rodticed Maflib'.'' fjb tkat 'm^ 
sneanin^ Is, B^ooe, or f frail exert cb«t nfilii^t«Hiiclk J iMr 
in my, prQfperitXy in f^ta of the iitibeciljiijijftof n^j f f^eni jv^k 
condklon. This taughtthe Oxford Editor. XQ^^vix^^x^ ^mijibapce^ 

I 'BeU iMown, that tve tho Gr^ntifi are ^ffihimbf ^^ 
For things that others do ; andivhen *we]faffi 
We anfwer others mefiis^ In our namee'^ '•"',"• '•':'•'• 
Art therefore to he pitied.'] This ftHb rnirtlfit^lim Ulj^jftfil 

the fentiitieDt, which was not very eafjr ai pdiUiMcil^^eVxaiiiii* 

telligible. The lines fhould be pointed thus, 

BeUknownf thatwe^ thi ^reatefl, aremiffhossghi 
For things that othoti do, Andfrnhen^^fM x - 
Weanfwer, Others' merits, in our namn^' 
Are fbereforg tA h€ piiiii, ,,.i .: . .^ ,. . 

i« e. Wm^mmidrcks^ nsfbik m ptwin, 0rt meaeftd.emd Uamd'^SffL 
the si^earf^is of ow minijiori } and when amp misfortom^ Amt 
fiilje3ed ut let the pvoer ofmer enemies f we arit/kre to ie'futt^lmi 
ferih^fefanhi. As tJ^e ufhM eot/i^ f>- // hu^tee^me^k Mti^oik 
Jbeuldha^€^erfrit\irf,mt.<mi*ifi^^ g»d #ilMft% sevmoelb'^ 
bearthe hiame of their hd*. But flie foMaa. the woid meHiwm 
pityt The reafon of her makliig the reAexioA was this : Her for- 
mer condudl was liahle to much cenfure fnnn Q&avi^e^ whidi 
(he woaU hereby aitfttlly iofiouate was owi(ig>to h^r nil'ninl- 

Oef. OecpatrOf 
Koc what you hwe referv'dt nor Vfhu acknowkdg'd» 
Vat We i'th' roll of Conqucft^ ftill be'c yoore^ 
Beftow it at your pleaiiiit^ aod believe, ^ 

C4tjar*s no merchant to make pqw ^itb you 
Of chiflgs tbtC merchants ibid. Therefive, becheer^d: 
Make not your thoughts your prifons i no, dear 

Qaccn, ' 
For we intend b to difpofe you, aa : y - 

Your felf (hall give us counibl : feed^ and floep. , 
Our care and pity is t6 much fipwi you^ ^ 

That werettmn your friend ; and ifo» adicu« 

Ck^. My mafter, and my lord ! 

C4^. Not jb :^r-^ieiu [^E^imt Cselar snd bis tram. 


Clea. ]FIe words me» Girls, he words me^ 
Xhac t Itiould not b/t. nohle to my lelf, 
fiac hark thec^ C^ktwoii^ [fFbfJ^s Charmian^r 

JEras. Finifh 9 good Jady^ the bright day i^ done^ 
And we are fbr the dark. 

QSw. Hiechceag^.-^-^^^ 
I Ve ipoke already » and it is providec} j^ 
Qomt it.;o the ha^e« 
-X Oar. Madam» I will. {Extt Charms 

,. , . Etiter Ddabella* 
Del m^j| tlje Que^ ? , : 

Ben. And as her prefent omdud, n OMKcalIng her tre|fdre9». 
•HprMrito fa& ber own iA» B»^hiiag fkHpfled by jierimiiito ; 
imhtfffibax at ihe now aahrm for her ibrmei^ mhlifter't mUc^r- 
lMgm» . /o her pKtat miniftcr^r nerit in this difeoveiy/ mMtt- 
liiasw^y I^Mw to h»r. accoii&r: Wbich fte thinks kat fcaiw- 

aUe. The Ox/krid Edit^ is hers i»m<i£ 4iir oM wv^ of ^tork^ 
vjat he did aot onderftaml* aid iStnmtmB»{ thtpifl«se ;k«fi 
■ ■ ' And ^beu moefaH^ 

W^ pehder nihirP merits with ourfiafntu 
Atd tberfftt^ h Se fitted. 


2%a AMTOKY tfa/\CLE4>P'ATRA. 

'l 4 

Char. Behold, Sir. 

Thl. Madam, as thereto fwofh, b^ yoOr ConfuxuiQcl^ 

Which my love makes relij^n to obey,. \. ^7 

I tell you this : Oefar through Syria , y/. 

Intends his journey, and, within tkreisdajrs^ ,- , Z^, 
^ou with your children will he fend before^ 
Make your beft ufe of this. I have performed 

Your pleafure and my promife. . .i» 

I fliall remain your debtc>r. 

Dol. I your fervant. • ..j 

Adieib gwd. Queen ; I muft attend on G</in ££Mir« 

CUo.^attv^y and thanks. Now,. JGr^# mhHk 

^ tWipk'ft thou?^ .., . , 

Thou^ an j^j^/^^ ptippet, fbaltbefhewn 
Jn Rom^^^dl as I ; pocbaoick Ikres .|.., ^ ;, ;A 
With greafie aprpm, fplcsi and hammeob/iblJI^^ vW 
Uplift us tQtb^ yicwl ' tn their. i;faickjV«ih%^^^»^ ^v 
RankofgroiscUct,.ilhalI;Wcbcenc}oi^ - d: ^^ .u'* 
And forced to clrink their vapour. - , , j-v ; , : ' 

Iras. The Gods forbid ! 

C/tf^ *fciyV kis moft *erta1fli Itas'-. Uftttry 1506^ 
Will catch at u» like ftrumpctSy; anjd iN8!)3tK^a£> 

BaU^ii»?u9.^^9^*!"*^* Thcquifik Cim»:diMr. ^3 
ExicmpVallyljjiw^' ibg^ t«, ^ndprei^ot^ -a? ;o.5: ]ti.H 
Our Alexandrian revels : Ant^^^ ,.3 *::jtjic all;! ixr-H 

Sbi^ll l?^^0Wl?t drMnkiqi/o«lv.M.^fi^ fecr .s >i.-. 
S6me-fguci|tfng.f^^ -^.v 

IW^fti&re^pt^^ \ ;,. :,- iKiTomcni .'* -V-.r^j ' 

iriixjr Q the good Gods ! i!^vo:?f : r:r - ' 

:/w4.jrV.^V^ie^if>i|br, J^^ iiaib.v 

Arc ftrOTfer ih^ r: ns^^ ^> -^^c 

Cfeo/Why; that^stHeway 
To fool their prcMtf^tioiL^ara ; 

Thdr molt a^K^ei^^^^^^^ 


An r QVcy aiui'4^hECf <AT a J^ ^t^t 

EMier Channiaib 

.* ' 

Shew me, mv women, like a Queen: go f^li 
Mylieff ittii^. > \ zm ic^nfottfdnus^ . '' " , 

To moex Mark MtOTTf. SmaJA Ir^^ g6 '■'" ''. 

Now, noble C^amiaH, well Afpatch indftd i ' ' I 
And when^Wou^Vfone this dare, Ml give tiec lea w 
To play tHf dooms-day — bring our Crown^ and alt.. 

Wherefore this nolle ? '^ ^ 

•^ ? 


Guardf. Here is a rural fellow, 
2^jvitt'ltot-bfc-dcny*d yoqr Highncfi' pttKacit: ^ 

ifvbnngi^^flgs. ■ '*.*'. '^ 

C&a. Ia him come in. How poor an friftfument 

«« J T/\. .. / l^xit Guar^mm. 

May do * noble deed !-:-he brings mc liberty. 

My idUatiQa*!! placVI, and I have nothing 

OfwomflfknAe} now froni head to fbot '•* 

I'm marble cwilltet :' now the fleeting moon 
No {danec is of mine: 

^Utr ^u^linao Md gown wifb a Mceu 

GMn$(!ii%bii diemah. '- 

Cbo. AMia«fld leave limi [hiit fHuHlmn: 

Haft dKNi the pumj mrorm eff iWilrj theie,* ■ 
That kills and rains not ? - - -■''•: v 

CAtwc^^ lif©^, I hftif« hfitrv but I wSSA libt'be' 
« the pirtf 1IlMM^^««teffiir^te- <^ 

* bidngis immortal: diofe, thac^o^ieof li^ifii'femaAi 

* or never recover. rjfooi.' :' ^ 0.1 Tj .i--. 

C/w. Remember'ft thou fi^^tliaf 
Clmiii « y^mafy toehand w 

longer ^Kin;^eiwaai^;^^ 


faid to t£e ii4MFii2iJthe iame of |fe. ^ WPi'ff>: 

* * neft 

« neft woman, but fomething givcrV to lie, as a womaii 
^ fhould not do, but in the way of honeily. How flie 

* dy'd of the biting of it, what pain the felt f cruly^ 

* Ihc makes a very good report o'th'worm : ^ but he^ 

* that will believe half that they iay, ihall never be 

< £ived by all that they do : but thn is moft &Itible, 
^ the worm's an odd worm. 

Cko: Get thee hence, farewel. 
Omm. ^ I wi(h you all joy of the woriQ. 
Qeo. Farewel. 

Cbwn. ^ You muft think thii, kibkyou, diattbe 
^ worm will do his kind. 
C^. Ay, ay, fareiffel. 
QawH. * Look you, the worm is itbt to be tniRad 

< but in ^ keepii^ of wife people s fitfy indeed^ there 

* is no goodnefi in the worm. '^ • 

Clea. Takethoujioeare, it IhaU be Healed/ 
Clown. ^ Very good : give it nothing, I piay yoo^ 
f for it is ndt worth the ttedmg. '^^ ''■ - 
Cko. Will k ^tme? - • • • ; ^' 

Clown. < You muft not think,/ 1 am lb fitttpid,' but 
I knOir, the devil himlelf will not'hi;t awosnan: 
I know,' tfiat a womaA is ^ dilh i6iM Godi, if 
the devil Ax^ her not. ftit, mif^; ;tii6fe Ame 
wbore^fdn devils do the Gods gtact hMM iirfbtir 
women! for, in evet^ ie» that iStiBf-' tcakx^ ttd 
devils mar five. "- - i '* * * •»- 

Cli9. Well, gptthctf gone, faitwd.'^'^* *^ • * 
CU^. ^ Yes, forfooch, I wilh yon jojr d^» wbrta; 

■'* V" '■ fJ&ri^: 

Juifd t(fhaXf that they do.^ Sbakiff€ar\ Clowns, are aini^jt 
jokers, and deal in flv fatifc^ It is plain ri^WHft^bc reid th^ 
contnuy'Way, and «//aAd ^<7^dhange plac^. 


An TORY and Gleopatk. a. 

8 G E N E- VI. 

Clc9. " Give me my Robe, put oo my Ciowni 

." I have 
^\ ImouMtaJ LmgijBgs in me» Noir no more 
" The juice ofjEgypi's grape /hall moift this lip. 
*• Yare, yare, good has^y ^oicfc — mcthinks, I i|Mr 
^ 4k«0igr call, I fee him roufe himfeif 
•* To praife my noble aft, I hear him mock 
«f The kick pf CrySr, whj<d^ tfce Gods give ^len 
^ T' excole their after-wrath, Hysband, Icomef 
^* Now CO thai name my courage prove n^ title I 
^y 1 ucL^st^ ajid air.} m^ other elements 
^ I gtveto baier life. 8o*<*~«iiave you defie i 
"Come then, and take tbe^ laft wannth ef my %$, 
^ Fareiif^;iQqdCi«iMM»i^.^w, lo^laneweL . 

^' Havel[theafpi€kiomy]|f|)s? doft&il? {r^Iras! 
*' If thou and nature can (o gendy part,^ v ^ 
*« The ftioko of death 19 a^ a lovcr^s piiKrh, ^ " 
*' Which hurts, and is ddirU Doft thou jye fttlF? 
^< If ihus thou vanifiieft, cfaou teirft xin world, - 
?f ^le k Jiot wiDrth lea¥e taking. {.Jnis ^ii 

Gkrt Di0al ve^ diick Ckxid, and rain, that I may &y^ 

I Gods tiwoafeWes^dd wecp^ 
Qh. This proves me b afe - ^ '■■ 
If ihe firft meet the oirkd Jnicny^ 

Bd'U BQ(A( demand of her, and fpem) that kifi» ^ 
'jT^hich is my heaven to have, *' Come, mortal 

^ Widi thy iharp teeth ^ this knot intrinfiote 

• ' ■ » {Totbefafent. 

^ ©f Kfe timet wm : po0t« vtnotnoos iboL 

. . , • ", f» 

4 f hu knot intrinfictte] Tkc czprcffion is fine 5 ic figni- 

fics a kidden, fccm \iutriufuus\ knot, as shac which ties fool and 

" Be 



Aktont ok^Cleopatb 

* Be aogrTf and di^atch. OIh ooakMt thou fpak^ 
That I xn^it hear thee rail great C^ tfi» 

Char. Oeaftcmfiarl 
Cleo, ^ Peace, peace ! 
« Doft thou not fee my baby at my bta&^ 

• Th;^ fiicks the nurfe aOeep ? 
42&or. O break! O break? 

Cleo. As fweet as balm, as foft ai air, as geotk^ 
Oifn^oNgr/— — Nay, I will take thee too* 

What Ihoiild I fiay nSts. ff 

Oar. In this wiU world? lb fine tiMvdl: ! 

Now, boaft diee. Death, in thy pofiefion fies 
A lais Qopnallel'd— -^Downv windowit ddki 
Aad gpkfan Ptmhu new be beheld 
Of qfcs i^^ain fo royal! your Crown^a nrryi 
VU wad ft, and then ;Jay 

Enter ibe Guarif rujUf m. 

iGMord. Where's the Qieeo ; 
Okdr. Speak fofdy, wake her not. 
I GMord. Cr/ar luth feot~-« 

[Channianifj^ ^J^. 
dor. Too flow a mefle^ger. 
Oh^ come apace, difpasch, I putiy fed thee. 

1 Guard. Approadit ho! all^ not writ Gejm^t 


2 GttarZ There's IMMk lent fiom Ctfsri cd 

I Gmrd. What work is herr, Clmrmkmf h this 

Ckar. It is well done, and fitting for a Prinoefi 
Defcended of fo many royal Kuigi. 
Ah^ fiddlers! [Chanmaa dks. 



Drf. How goes it here? 'ijsot : : ■' 

2 Gutfri. All dead ! ' ..^ - : . » O , n < ^ 

DoL Cdfatj thy thoughts ' y ^ vT * r,,:> 

Touch thcirrfbftrin thh; thjr ftlf art ecmiirfe • ' ' 

To fee performed the dreaded aft, which rhou ' " 

So ibught'ft to hinder. • • ' .♦ .n. :^ 

^ 4tiendmi 
^^;^^^^^<^^^ .rt^way 

«• Oh* Sir. vou are rrvvJiifiA « 

%* "^T t.tE;jJ*^ p^ft 

^»;B*4iBfSK^ »doter ; . . . : .■7.. /i-»4.:^ 

Took her own wajp. Thfrju^iaBr oC^Kiwii^^-i. 

i ^°7« 'aft wittMlanil , -v .jli-^^;..*! 

I G«dr^. A fimple counuym^n, that btwight her 
fiesta VK^ii . "^-i ■■ :' ■■■i. o 


This was his basket. ^ , . 3,- •-. " " ; sa^^ i 
C«ef, Poifon'd ^^nl ;;';,'.; :/' . -^-^. .t^-- 
I Geta, Oh C<5/ar / — ^,3^ r':.', /_ V -i.v i 
3^-^rt»«fer:<*ri«iyiPw, (be flood and fpaker 
Ifeuia BcFtrimmmg qp^tfefsyidfnr.. --^ r ---Vj 
On her (itt^ jmglj^ ffegUl^ flici»od^ ; ^^.• 

12tey. Onnoble weaknels! .. - .^. 

By dcttrKal iwelling » but flu looks like flflip* 

<^i¥ S^tt «^ *~*« ^?P?!5«W - • - - -^ 
In her ftrong toil of grace. • '. -m 

Thtte IS a vent of blop^ ,imA;«jaa6au|iB WMnt I 

XGEr^ This IS an aipick s trail \ 
Agd thefe fig-leaves have flime upon them, fiich 
AS tn* afpick leaves upon the caves of ifik. 

Vol. VII. Q^ Otf^ 

2:6 Antony ft«iaf CtEfetAtkA. 

C<ef. Moft probable, 
Thatfo Ihedy'd; for her phyfician tells me. 
She has purfuM conclufions infinite 
Of eafy ways to die. Take up lier bed. 
And .bear her women from the mcdiunicnt : 
She fhall be burled by her Antony. 
No grave upon tKe earth IHall clip in it, 
A pair fo famous. High events as thefe 
Strike thofe tto make them \ iind iStrir ftory is 
No Icis in pity, than his glory, which 
Broueht chem to be lamented. Our vmy (hkU, j 

Infolemn (hew, attend this fiineraU 
And then to Rome: come, Do^Ha, lie 
High order in this great fbteaintty. lExaM^mK. 

• ~V' • » 

r ' t 







f CY M B E L I N E, Kagcf Britainc. 
Cloicn, Son to the ^een by a former' Husband^ 
Leonatus Pofthumus, a Genflemm in love mtb ibe 

Princefs^ andprroatelf married to ber. 
Guiderius, ) Dijgm*d under the names of PsiMdour md 
Arviragus, J Cadwal, Juppofed Sons to Bclarius. 
Belarius, a bamflfd Lord^ difguis'd under the named 


Philario, an Italian, Friend to Pofthumus. 

lachimo, Friend to PKiliixio. 

Caius Lucius, AmbaJJador from Rome. 

Pifanio, Servant to Pofthumus. 

ji French Gentleman^ Friend to Philario. 

Cornelius, a DoSor^ Servant to tie ^een. 

Two Gentlemen. 

^eeny Wife to Cymbeline. 

Imogen, Daughter to Cymbeline ty a former ^men. 

Helen, Woman to Imogen. 

Lords^ Ladiesy Roman Senators^ Tribunes^ Gb^s, « 
Sootbfayer, Captains, Soldiers, Meffengers, and other 

^ ■ 

S C E N E, fometimes in Britainc > fimetim 

in Italy. 





Cjrmbcline's Palace in Britainc. 
Eater two Gentlemen. 

I Gentlbuah. 

3 O U do not meet a man, but frowns: 
"! Our brows 

! No more obey the heavens than oar 
' courtiers i 

i But feem, as docs the King^s. 
3 Gent, But what's die matter i 

I GtHt. 
I T»* J» ntt mat a maM, tut fntwmt Mr-XLOoits 
Nq wmff tbiy iht htawtnt than tar CmtMitri | 
But feem, at dttt th* AT/a;'!.] The tkoi^ht u thJi, wetit 
not BOW (as we were wont) iDBuenced by the wcuIict hot by the 
King'i looki. Wt n» utr* *itf lit hiavtni [tbe Jk.y'\ tbmn tmr 
Ctmrtiirt (Aey tbc heavnu [God] By which it ■ppan,.that dw 
radine — *»r hindt is wrong. For tho' the hUtd may be albOed 
with the wother. yet that aSedJon it dircovered not by chanca 
of ttUmry but by change of ituMiiaami*. And it ii the *»im>mri 
lot the imvimrd chaago that ii here calked o( ai ^pcart hon 
the woidyim. We looold roHl therefore. 

•f §itf lit itavttu Itc. 

2;o Cymbeline. 


I Geni. His dftughcer, and the heir of 'a Kingdom, 
He parpos'd to his wife's fole (on, a widow 
That late he married) hath referred hcrfelf 
Unto a poor, but worthy, gentleman. 
She's wedded ; 

Her husband banifli'd ; Ihe imprifbn'd : AH 
Is outward fbrrow, though, I think, the King 
Be touched at very heart. 

i Gent. None but the King ? 

I Gent* He, that hath loft her, too: ib is the 
'f hat moS: defir'd the match. But not a courtier, 
(Although they wear their faces to the bent 
Of the King's look) but bath a heart that is 
Glad at the thing they fcoul at. 

X Gent. And why fo ? 

I Gent. He that hach mifs'd the Princefs, is a thiflg 
Too bad for bad report : and, he that hath her, 
(I mean that marry d her, alack, good man! 
And therefore b^niih'd) is a creature (uch. 
As, to feek through the regions of the earth 
For one his like, there would be (bmething failiog 
In him that fhould compare. I do not think. 
So fair an outward, and fuch (tuff within 
Eiidows a man but him. 

Which is evident from the preceding wordt. 

Torn Jo $iot mret a man but frowns. 
And from t}ie fblWing, 

But not a Cdnrtier, 
Jhktf thoy tvMr ibtir faces f the bent 
Of thi King^s lodk, bnt buth m heart that h 
€lad at the thing they fcottl at 

The Oxftri Eitter improves upon this emendation, and reads, 

eur looks 
M> more ahey the heart ^-v'^ than our courtiers | 

t by venturing too fiu** at a fecond emendation, he has ftripitt 
all thought and fentimenc. 

2 Gent. 


CY^^^h^v^^ 231 

2 Gent. ^Yc^ fpeal^ huxi^fair. 

I Gnf. ^ (^q\ cxtcndbioi. Sir ; Wicbia himfcll 
Cnifh nioi tqgecher, rajcl^r ^la^ uiilokl 
His meafyre fully« t 

4 <^^ \ybai;'s bi3 name and bijif^ ? 

I GqK/« I^ ^awQi; delve him to the'root: his father 
Was called ^iifiui% who did joia hi|s hpOQur 
Againft the Umans^ with C^i<laM i 
But ha4 l^is tit^ by ^CMndus^ whom 

He (ccy'4 y^'^ g'^y ^^ adniir^d ii^fi ; 
So gain'd the fur-addiciop, L^^natu^i,: 
/And had, befides this gentle^nan in qyeftiOD, 
Two9thc7 fonsi; who, in the wars o* th* time, 
Dy'd with (heir (Words in hand ^ For vfhxch^ their 

(Thep old ^n4 fo;)d of ifl^e) took fqcb forroiw. 
That hi| quit Being ; and his gentle lady, 
Big qf tbi^ gendtman, our ttulam, d<^eas'd. 

As \\^ w^V ^^^^ ^^^ ^^"8> *»c ^*k« the babe 

To his protedion, calls him PqftkiffmSj 

Breeds him^ and makes him pf his bed-chamber : 

z TgufpiaibimhsJl i. #. lamly in his praife. SbakeJ^ear 
Undi |iif pOffMBCW Uocac^* OlU j itief the Itngtb for the bnadib, 

3 / DOBXTSHD i^m, ^fr, within bimftlfi 

Crv^ bim iog^ther^ ] Thus the lace Editor, Mr. 7b$^ 

baU, has given the pafTage, and expUuned it in this manner; 
/ extend bim nuitbin tbe lifts and comtafs ef bis merit : Which it 
jttft as proper as to (ay, J go out witbin doors. To extends, thing 
wiibin itklf if the moft infoffqrable nonfeofe: faecaufe thevei^r 
ttymokfgf of the word fhews, that it fignifies the ^fs^iying ott| 
any thing beyond its /ifts and compafi. BeQdes, a common 
attention was fufficient to perceive that Sbake/pear, in this fen* 
ftcsace, A&d ixtnd and ctnjh togetber, as the dired oppofites to 
one another ; which* in this Editor*s fenfe, they are not $ but only 
di^rent degrees of the fame thing. We ihaald rqui and poti^ 
the paifllagt thns, 

/doii*t extend bim. Sir: wtbin bimfelf 
Crnflb bim togetber 

1. #. I do not extend him; on the contrary I craih 

^ 0^4 Putt 

■.. ^m% 

2^Z C TM»E LIN E. 

Puts to him all the Learnings that hb time 
Could make him the receiver of, which he took 
Aa we do air, faft as *twas miniftred. 
His fpring became a harveft : liv'd in Court 
( Whi^h rare it u^o do,) moft prais'd, moft Wd, 
A (ample to the young*ft ; to th* more maturet 
A glafs that featur*d them i and to the graver 
A child that guided dotards. To his miftrefs, 
(For whom he now is banifli'd) her own pric^ 
Proclaims, how (he efteemM him and his virtue. 
By her ele£bion may be truly read, 
What kind of man he is. 

2 Genf. I honour him, ev*n out of your report, 
But tell me, is (he fole child to the King f 

i.GenU His only child. 
He had two fons, (if this be worth your hearing 
Mark it ;) the eldtft of them at three years old, 
V th' fwathing cloaths the other, from their nuHery 
Were ftol^n \ and to this hour, no gue(s in knowledge 
Which way they went. 

2 GenL How long is this ago ? 
, I Gent. Some twenty ytars. 

2 Gent. That a King's children (houM be fb con* 
9o flaclcly guarded, and the fearch fo flow 
That could not trace them, ■ ■ 

1 Gent., Howfoe'er *cis ftrange. 

Or that the negligence may well be laughM at. 
Yet is it true. Sir. 

2 Gent. I do well believe you. 

X Gent. Wc muft forbear. Here comes the Gentle- 
The Queen, and Princefs. lExemt^ 


CT M BEL I N E. 233 


EnOr the ^en, Pofthumus, Imogen, MdattendMtsi, 

^ueen. No, be afliir^d, you fhall not find met 
After the dander of moft ftep-mothers, 
ril-cy'd unto you: You're my prisoner, but 
Your goaler Ihall deliver you'the keys 
That kck up your reftraint. For you, PofUnmns^ 
So fi>on as I can win th* ofiended King, 
I will be known your advocate : marry, yet^ 
The fire of rage is in him % and 'twere good, ^. 

YoQ lean'd unto his Sentence, with what padenoe 
Your wifdom may inform you. 

Pofi, Pleafe your Highnefi, 
I will from hence to-day. 

^een. You know the peril : 
T'lltetch a turn about the garden, pitying 
The pangs of barr'd affedions i diough the King 
Hath charg'd, you fhould not (peak together. [£jri^. 

Imo. Difllembling courtefie ! how fine this tyrant 
Can tickle, where (he wounds I My deareft husbandg 
I fomffhing, fear my father's wrath, but nothing 
(Always relerv^d my holy duty) what 
His rage can do on me. You muft be gone. 
And I fhall here abide the hourly flioc 
Of angry eyes : not comforted to live. 
But that diere is this jewel in the worid. 
That I may fee again. 

Pq/l. My Qae(Bi> ! my Miftrds ! 
O lady, weep no more, left I give caiife 
To be fufpe&ed of more tendernefi 
Than doth become a man. I will remain 
The IwalPft husband, that did e'er plight troth } 
Mhr rendenoe in Jlmef at one Pbilario*%i 
Wbp to my father waa a fnad^ tom« 



234 C X M 9-5;.l NBj, 


Known but by letter \ thither write, my Queen, 
And with mine eyes PlI drink the weirds ^m fend. 
Though ink be made of gall. 

^em. Bb hrief^ I pvay yw ; 
If the King come, I ihall incur I know qoC 
How much of ius di%kafure«-^^i-^yec I^U moi« Kim 

To walk this way) I never do him wiong^ 
But ht docs buy my injuries : to be frieods* 
Pays dear for my dfences. lExU. 

Poji. Should we be takii^ kaw. 
As long ^ term as 3m we have to live. 
The loihne^ to depart would grow : — adieu ! 

Imo. Nay, ftay a littlc-i— -^ 
Were you but riding forth to air your felf. 
Such Parting were too petty. liook here. Love, 
This diamond was my mother's; take it^ heart. 
But keep it till yoq woo another wife. 
When Tmogm is dead. 

P4/9, How, how, another! 
Yon gentk Gods, give me but this I have, 
And fear up my embracementt from a next 
With bonds of death. Remain, remain Aoq hest, 

[Puiting M the rm. 
While fenfe ean keep thee on ! and Sweeteft, Faireft, 
As I my poor felf did exchange for yeu. 
To your 10 infinite \ok ; fo, in our trifles 
I (till win of ypu. For my fake, wear this ; 
It is a manacle of love, [*11 place it 

{PtiUing a bracelet on ber ami 
Upon this faireft pris'acr. 

Imo. O, cheGodsl 
When (hall ve ftc again ? 



SCENE ni. 

Enter Cymbelin^ and Lords. ^ 

V4. Alack, the King ! ^ 

Cym. Thou bafeft Thing, avoid i hence^ from ttif 
If, after this Command, thou fraught the Court 
With thy unworthineis, thou dy'il. Away ! 
Thou*rt poifon to my blood. 

Pofi. The Gods protect you. 
And blefs the good remainders of the Courts 
Tm gone. \Emt. 

Imo. There cannot be a pinch in death 
More (harp than this is. 

Cym '^ O diibyal thing. 
That (hould'ft repair my youth, thou heap*ft 
A yare age on me. 

JmQ. I befeech you^ Sir, 
Harm not your felf with your Vexation ; 
I'm fenfelefs of your wrath ; ^ a touch more rare 
Subdues all pangs, all fears. 

Cym. Paft grace? obedience? 

4 O diflt/fal things 

fbwJboHUft repair fi^yutb^ tbeu beaf^ft 
A YearV agt #« 4»/.] Ihe King lovM his daughter, and was 
mnch vcx*d and difappoiaced at her having married againil his 
c(Mi(ent. But, furdy, his forrow was not very extreme, if the 
efic£b of it 011I7 added one year to his age ; we muft corred, 

A yare agt 9n mi, 

i. #. a fadden, precipitate, old age. For the word fignifies not 
only nimUf, iixtr^us^ as it it many times cmployM in our author » 
hue ii)o9wi(e, as SiLiNNEa expounds it, ftrmius^ fromptns^ pra^t 
ctps, imfatUns, But the Oxford Editor amends it thus, 

7bon biaftfi many 

A j€ar^% agi on mi, 

c — a touch mori rare] More Rn)ng, forcible ; allodxag to tie 
tstdr^ ^f Tghtening. 



ft 3^ Cymbeline. 

Imo. Faft hope, and in defpair; chat way, paft 

Cym. Thou might'ft have had die fole (on of 1117 


Imo. O, bled, that I might not ! I chofe an eagle. 
And did avoid a puttock. 

Cym. Thou took*ft a be^ar ; would'ft have made 
my Throne 
A Seat for Bafenefi. 

Imo. No, I rather added 
A luftre CO it. 

Cym. O thou vile one \ 

Imo. Sir, 
It is your fault, that I have Iov*d Pqfibumus : 
You bred him as my play-fellow ; and he is 
A man, worth any woman ; over*buys me 
Almoft the fum he pays. 

Cym. What ! — art thou mad ? 

Lno. Almoft, Sir; heav'n reftore me! 'would 4 
A neat-herd's daughter, and my Leon^tus 
Our neighbour-ihepherd's (on ! 

Enter ^ueen. 
Cym. Thou foolilh Thing \ 

They were again together, you have done 

{To the ^een. 
Not after our Command. Away with her. 
And pen her up. 

^een. Befcech you patience ; peace. 
Dear lady daughter, peace. Sweet Sovereign, 
Leave us t'our felves, and make your felf fome cotnfort 
Out of your beft advice. 

Cym. Nay, let her languKh 
A drop of blood a*day ^ and, being aged» 
Pic of this folly, [E»i* 


Cymbsline. 237 

Enf^r Pifanio. 

^tcn. Fie, you muft give way : 
Here is your fenrant How now. Sir ? what news i 
P\f. My lord your fon drew on my mafter. 
Sij/tcn. Hah! 
No harp, 1 trufl:, is done ? 

Pif. There niight have been. 
But that my matter rather play*d, than fought. 
And had no help of anger : (hey were parted 
By gentlemen ac hand. 
^cen. Vv£i very glad on't. 
Imo. Your fon'smy father's friend, he takes his^part. 
To draw upon an exile : O tn-ave Sir! — 
I would they were in Africk both together, 
Myfelf by with a needle, that I might prick 
The goer-back. Why came you from your mailer P 

Pif. On his command \ he would not fuffer me 
To bring him to the haven : left thefe notes 
Of what commands I fhould be fubjeA to^ 
When't pleas'd you to employ me. 

^utm. This hath been 
Your faithfiil iervant : I dare lay mine honour. 
He will remain fo. 
Pif. I humbly thank your Highnefi. 
^utm. Pray, walk a while. 
Imo. About ibme half hour hence, pray you, ipeak 
with me \ 
You ihall, at kaft, go fee my Lord aboard* 
From this time leave me.—— [£xMief. 


Efittr Cloten^ and two Lords. 

I Lord. Sir, I would advife you to fliift a fliiit & 
the violence of aftion hath made you reek as a iacri* 
See. Where air comes out, air comes in: thercTs 
none abroad fo wholfbm as That you vent. 


2^8 Cy M B iLI^t. 

Clot. If my fhirt were bloody, then to ffiift it— » 
Have I hurt him f 

2 Lord. No, feiith: Not fo much as his patience. 

1 Lord. Hurt him ? his body's a paflkble carte^, if 
he be not hurt. It is a thonough-fare forced, jF it 

be not hurt. 

2 LorJ. H« (feel wa« in debt, it went o* th* back- 
fide the town, [/jjftfc. 

Clot. The villain would not ttand me. 

2 Lord. No, but he &td forward &IIU towardsjour jj 

face. . • , t*^- 

1 Lord. Stand you? you haw land enough lof yoor 

own i but he add<d to your Waving, gave you tome 
. x Lord. As many inches as you have oceans, ^xip- 

piesl l^. 

Qot. I would, ihey had not comebctween us. 

2 £W. So would I, 'till you had meafur^d how 
long a fool you were upon the ground. [jMde. 

Clot. And that fhe fliould love this fellow, andro- 

fufem^l " , 

2 Lord. If it be a Gn to make a true dcftion, fliri 

damn'd. i4fi^* 

1 Lori. Sir, as I toM you always, her beauty -and . 
iier brain go not together. '^ Sht's a good Shine, but 

I have feen fmall rcflcdlion of her wit. 

2 Lord. She-ibines not upon fools, lefttbe rdSeftion 
.&mld jiurt her. [i^. 

Qot. Come, PU to my chamber: 'would, there 
had been fome hurt done'! 

2 Lord. I wifh not fo ; unlefs it had been the fall 
of an afs, which is no^rtat hurt. [^4^* 

6 ^*// a jfM^fign.] If/gn be the true reading, the poet m€tnt 
'hf*il-^^ft^ita$ioM^ wadhy r9JMim is msbSi\ infiumct. ft^ 
. Yfttker think, £ipom the anfwer, . tfaic >he -wxQ>rK^BiiM€. So m 'W 
Viuus and Adonis^ 

Js if, 'from ibeuce, thij b9rrrwed all tbtir ihiae. 


C V ^ B E LI N £. 

Cbt. Ybtf n feo wiA tte? 

I Li^d. Ptt -^rtcrid yoor Lwdlhip. 

Cbi. Nay, Come, fct*s go together. 

a Lord. Wdi, my Lord. [ExttM. 


Imogen^i Apaftmmt. 

Enter Imogen, and Piftnio. 

Jmo, T Would, thou grcw'ft unto the fliores o*th* ha* 

A ven, 
And^eOion'd'ft every &il: if he (hould mrnte. 
And. I not have ic, ^ 'twere a p^perlbft 
As offered mefcy is. What was the kft 
That he /pake with thee? 

Pif. 'Twas, His Queen, his Queen! 

Imo. Then wavM his h^indkdrahief ? 

Pif. And kifi'd it. Madam. 

Imo. Sen&lefs linnen, happier therein than I ! 
And' chat 'Wbs all ? 

Pif. N09 Madam; * for ib long 


*tndfre a papir hft 

As opr^dl^iYty is — — ] i. >j. Sb^U^tnt of his httirt 
mijcarry^ the lofs 'wouU be at great as the effer^diMrty efheofvem 
megU&ei er rejeSed, %^t dre Oseftfrd Editor aoociids' it -ibui, 

■ ' ■ ^t*weri a faper iaft^ 

With offered ikerey in it. 

As he could make me nuith his eye^ or ear^ 
Difiiniuijh him from others,^ Bat kow «OttM Pefibtmsu 
^ftlalbp tifmielf ilifHiigmfhM by his em- to Pifimio? By hit tongae 
lie^Bil^c, to the other's €ar ; and diit was certainly SM^e^faa^^ 
'iaitifiMn. We mufl therefore read, 

Ji he eoM^make me nohh this fjrt, or tier , 
Diflinguifilf him from ^dsers. 
The expreffion is J^etKli^mt, us ikt^ftehftmrn k; the party 
'^^iB»|^poiiiii^che part IJMfaai of. 

t40 Cym&elinb. 

As he eoald make me with this eye, or enr^ 
Diftinguifli him from others, he did keep 
The deck, with glove or hat, or handkerchief^ 
Still waving, as the fits and (Ifrs of *s mind 
^ Could beft exprefs how flow his foul failed on* 
^w fwift his ihip. 

Jmo. Thou (hould'ft have made him 
As Iktle as a crow, or lefi, ere left 
To after-eye him. 

Pif. Madam, fo I did. 

Imo. * I would have broke mine eye-ftrings i cradt 
*em, but 

* To look upon him ; ' 'till the diminution 

* Ofs fpace had pointed him (harp as my needle ; 

* Nay, follow'd him, till he had melted from 

* The fmallnefs of a gnat, to air *, and then 

* Have turnM mine eye, and wept.-— *But, good 

When (hall we hear from him? 

Pif. Be aflur'd, Madam, 
With his next vantage. 

Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had 
^* Moft pretty things to (ay : ere I could tell htm, 
^* How 1 would think on him, at certain houn, 
*^ Such thoughts, and fuch j or, I could make him 

•« The She's of //^^ (bould not betray 
^* Mine intereft, and his honour ; or have chargM htiDi 
^* At the fixth hour of morn, at noon, at niian^« 

Vf// il^i diminution 

Op 8PACB bad pointed him Jharp as my medU ;] But the 
tncfCaUe of diftanoe it the augmentation^ noc the diminutimd 
fiaei between the ofajeft and the beholder : whidi aogmciitaOOt 
orratoM the diminatioa of the objed. We ihoold rttd thcvefaCb 

'■' Vi// thi diminution 

Op'f spAca ■ ■■ 
L e. of hit fpaoe» or of that fpaoe which hit body oceopidll ^ 
^*' ia the diminution of the objedt by the angmentsdon diffUBtf 

^ T^cncoonw 


•« T*eiiooiiiiief 01c with Orilbns 5 (for thcit *• * ' 

•^ 1 am in heaven for him ;) ' or ere I coiikl 

«^ Give him that parting kifi, which I had fee 

*^ Betwixt two charming words^ * comes in my Father } 

I ■ 9r ire I could 

Ginfi him tbi parting kift^ nvbich I had iet « 

Between two charming wordB4 — } There it an inexpvefliUe 
pret:mefs in .the whole of this idea. The image u taken from % 
gem fet between two otherl of a different kind. But what were 
thefe two charming 'wardst between which the kifi waa fet ? This 
may be thoaght too nice an inquiry. Jf we coniider Shah/pear 
as having only the vague idea of two fond words in gencrai, the 
dmcimn^ with which lovers are ufed to entertain one another, the 
whole force and beauty of the pailkge will be loft. Without 
qoeftion by theie /<zxw charming <words (he would be nnderikood 
10 mean* 

Adieu. Posthumus* 

The one Religion made fo ; and the other, Lovi, 
, t — — comes in my Father ; 

And^ like the tyrannous breathing of the North, 
Shakes alt our buds from growing.] Had Itnogen employed 
this ifiiage of the North tuindjhaking the t£uder budst to cxpieft 
her lather^s rage at the difcovery of the mar.lage, it had beett 
froftr €0 have &id« 

Shakes all our buds from growing ; 
becaafe by ^nifhing Poft humus ^ he quite cot oiF the froiti of their 
lovei aad alliance, which were things of duration ; and in thia 
cafe the bisds oS fruit-trees had been meant. But that was a thing 
pafled, the difcovery had been made, and his banifhrnent de- 
nounced. She is here telling, how her fether came in while 
Pojlhumus was taking his laft nrewel of her ; and while they weie 
going CO interchange £ome tender words to one another^ which 
was a p«eal'ure, had it not been interrupted, but of a fixort and 
momentary duration. In this cafe dven it is plain, that not buds 
c^ fruii-treeu but buds of Jhwers are alluded to : and if fo, the 
prefenc reading, which refers to bmds of fruit-trees, h conapt^ 
aad »'e muft conclude that ShakeJ^ar wroie^ 

Shakes all our buds from i( Lo w i NO. 
i. #. from opening, as full-blown flowers do. And I fappoft 
that his ufing the word blowing here, was the leafon why in th€ 
bnff^Mtg line he fays, brbatbivo of the iterth. bind of 
bkwimg of the North ; (tho* breathing be not very proper toex<» 
prefs the rage and blofter of the North wind) the repetition of 
i^ich word, as it had then been ufed in two difimnt fenfeit 
weoy Ittvc had aa ill efeA« 

Vol*. VII. R •*-And, 


%^t G Y n 1 E L I K bJ 

^* And, like the tyrannous breathing of the Noitb, ^ 
^* Shakes all our buds from blowing. 

Enter a Lady. 

Lady. ThcQjccn, Madam, 
Dcfircs your Highncfs' company. 

Imo, Thofe things I bid you do, get them difpatcMd. 
I will attend the Queen. 

Pif Madam, I fliall. [Exeunt: 


Changes to Rome. 

Enter Philario, lachimo, and a French man. 

lach. OElievc it. Sir, I have feen him in BrUiune% 
13 he was then of a crefcent Note ; expcdcd to 
prove fo worthy, as fince he has been allowed the 
name of. But I could then have looked on him, widi* 
but the help of admiration ; though the catalogue ti 
his endowments had been tabled by his Hde, and 1 to 
perufe him by Items. 

Pbil. You fpeak of. him when he w« kffi lumiflAI, 
than now he is, with That which makes him both 
iwithout and within. 

French. I have feen him in France ; we had very 
many there, could behold the fun with as firm eyes as 

lacb. This matter of marrying his King's Dao^bier, 

(wherein he muft be weighed rather by her value, dian 
his own) words him, I doubt not, a great deal from 
jthe matter. 4 

' French. And then his baniftxment— — 
* Iai:h. Ay, and the approbations of thofe, that weep 
this lamentable divorce under her colours, are wooder* 
fblly to extend him 1 be it but to fortifie her Jiidg- 
Bcnt, which elie an ealic battery might lay flat, far 

. . taking 


taking a beggar without more quality. But how 
comes it, he is CO fojoarn with you f how creeps ac* 
quaintance f 

Phil. His father and I were foldiers together, to 
whom 1 have been often bound for no lefs than my 

Enter Pofthumus. 

Here comes the Brifon. Let him be fo entertained 
amongftyou, as fuits with Gentlemen of your know- 
ing, to a ftranger of his quality. I befiech you all* 
be better known to this Gentleman ; whom I com* 
mend to you as a noble friend of mine. How worthy 
he is, I will leave to appear hereafter, rather than 
ftory him in his own hearing. 
French. Sir, we have been known together in Or^ 

Pifi. Since when I have been debtor to you for 
coaneiics, which 1 will be ever to pay, and yet pay 


Brencb, Sir, you o'er* rate my poor kindnels; I was 
glad I did atone my Countryman and you; it had been 
pity, yoo ihould have: been put together with fo mor- 
tal a purpoie, as then each bore, upon importance of 
ib flight and trivial a nature. 

P(fi. By your pardon. Sir, I was then a young tra- 
veller ; rather Aiun'd to go even with what I heard, 
than in my every adion to be guided by others' expe- 
riences ; but upon my mended judgment, (if 1 offend 
oot to jay, it is mended,) my quarrel was not altoge- 
ther flight. 

French. Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement of 
fwords ; and by (uch two, that would by all likeli- 
hood have confounded one the other^ or have fiUn 

loch. Cao we'witti manners ask, what was the dif* 

« R 2 French. 

244 C Y M B E L I ^ E4 

French. Safely, I chink -, 'twas a cootention in po- 
blick, which may without contradi(5lion fuffer the re- 
port. It was much like an argument that fell out lad 
night, where each of us fell in praife of our Country 
niiftrefles : This Gentleman at that time vouching, 
(and upon warrant of bloody affirmation,) his to b( 
more fair, virtuous, wife, chaft, condant, qualified, 
and lefs attemptable than any the rareft of our ladies 
in France, 

lacb. ThatXady is not now livings or this Geode- 
nian's opinion, by this, worn out. 

Pqfi. She holds her virtue dill, and I my mind. 
Jiub. You muft not fo far prefer her, 'lore ours of 

Poji. Being fo far provok'd, as I was io Framt^ I 
would abate her nothing; tbo' I profeis my IcJf Jicr 
adorer, not her friend, 

lacb. As fair, and as good, a kind of hand-inrhand 
comparifon^ bad been fomething too fair and too good 
for any Lady in Britany. Mt flic went before cShcn 
I have feen, as that diamond of yours out-Jufters many 
I have beheld, I could believe, flie excelled many \ 
but I have not feen the moft precious diamond that 
is, nor you the Lady. 

Pofl. I prais'd her, as I rated her : fb do I ray ftoae, 
lacbn What do you cftecm it at ? 
Poft. More than the world enjoys, 
lacb. Either your unparagon'd Midrefi is dead^ or 
(he's out-priz'd by a triQc, 

3 Jfjhi^jtent hefnre othtrs I havi feen, as that iUamtU^ 
ymrs 9ut»lufters ma^ I have heheU, I C9uld Hot be Heme Jbe $»- 
celled manyl What ? if flic did rcaiy ttcc J others, could he not b^ 
lieve (he did excel them ? Nonfenfe. We moft flrike out tk 
negative, and the fenfe will be thit, / can eafify MUve yms . 
m^refs excels mawf, tho* Jbe he tnt the tneft excellent ; jnfi ea I fit 
that diamond of yonrs is of more value than manf Ipaveieheldp 
tio* J thire are other diamonds of much greater vului. 





Cymbeiine. 245 

P^. Yoa are miftakerT ; the one may be Ibid or 
given^ if there were wealth enough for the purchafe, 
or merit for the gift. The other is not a rtiing for 
fijc, and only the gift of the Gods. 

lacb. Which the Gods have given you :— — 

Fcfi. Which, by their graces, i will keep. 

lacb. You may wear her in title yours ; but, you 
know, ftrange fowl light upon neighbouring ponds. 
Your ring qiay be ftoln too ; fo, of your brace of un- 
prizeable eftimations, the one is but frail and the other 
cafual. A cunning thief, or a that-\vay-accompUIh*d 
courtier, would hazard the winning both of firft a[nd 


P^. Your Itafy contains none fo accomplilh'd a 
GMirtier * to convince the honour of my miftrefi ; if 
in the holding or lofs of that, you term her frail, I do 
nothing doubt, you have ftore of thieves^ notwich* 
ftanding^ I fear not my ring. 

Pbil, Let us leave here, Gentlemen. 

Po^. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy Signior, ' 
I thank him, makes no ftranger of me ; we are fami- 
liar at firft. 

lacb. With five times fo much converlacion, I fliould 
get gFoand of your fair Miftrefs -, make her go back, 
even to the yieldmg : had I admittance, and oppQrtu*> 
nity to friend. 

Pq^. No, no.— — 

lacb. I dare thereupon pawn the moiety of my 
eftate to your ring, which, in my opinion, o'er- values 
It fbmething : but I make my wager rather againft 
your confidence, than her reputation : And to bar your 
oSence herein too, I durft attempt it againft any Lady^ 
in the world. 

Pq^. You are a great deal abusM in too bold a per- 

4 to convince ihe honour of mrf mifirtfsi\ Conwncf^ for over- 

R $ fwafion i 

S^ O^ M BELI N E. 

fwafion ; and, I doubt not, you*d fuftain what y<m'i« 
worthy of, by your attempt. 

ii^r*. WhafsThat? 

Pqfi. A repulfe ; though your attempt, as yoa call 
it, deferves more i a punifhment too. 

PbiL Gentlemen, enough of this ; it came in too 
fuddenly, let it die as it was born } and I pray you, be 
better acquainted. 

lacb. 'Would, I had put my eftatc and my nei^* 
bourns, on ih* approbation of what I have fpoke. • 

Poft. What Lady would you chufe to aflkil ? ' ■ 

lacb. Yours ; who in conftancy, you think, ftandt 
{o fafe. I will lay you ten thoufand ducats ro your ring, 
that, commend me to the Court where your Lady i% 
with no more advantage than the opportunity of afe* 
cond conference, I will bring from thence thathooeaf 
of hers, which you imagine fo rcfcrv'd. 

Poji. I will wage againft your gold, gold to it : ^ ©y 
ring I hold dear as my finger, 'tis part of it. 

lacb. You are afraid, and therein the wifer ; if yott* 
buy ladies* flefliat a million a dram, you cannot pre-*' 
ferve it from tainting. But, I fee, you have feme 
Religion in you, that you fear. 

P^. This is but a cufiom in your tongue ; you 
bear a graver purpofe, I hope. 

lacb. I am the mafter of my Speeches, and would 
undemp what's fpoken, I fwear. 

P(^. Will you ? I fliall but lend my diamood 'till 
your Return \ let there be covenants drawn bctwrn 
us. My Miftreis exceeds in goodnefi the hugene&of 
your unworthy thinking. I dare you to this match } 
here's my ring. 

my ring I bold dear as my fngtr^ *tu part 9fit.^ 

ich. Y^a.are a Friead, andthrtm the wi/er;'] I correft it, 
Tou are afiraid^ aad therein the nuifer* 
What lachimot i^ys, in the dofe of his fpeech^ determiaes Hm 
to have been our Poet's reading. 

tmtf I/ee, fm have feme Religiem in yen, thatjeu fear. 


C T M B 1 Ii I N £• " ZJ^^ 

PUL I wilLhave it no Lay. 

lack. By the Gods it is one. , ^ If I bring vouiuF- 
fideat teftinxmy that I have enjoy'd the deareft bodily 
part of y(Kir miflreis, my ten tbou£tnd ducats are 
mine ; lb is your diamond too. If I come off, and 
kave her in fuch honour as you have truft in, ihe 
your jewel, this your jewel, and my gold are yours; 
provkied, I have your commendation, for my more j 
fee enteruinment. 

P^. I embrace thefe conditions ; let us have arti- 
cles betwixt us ; only, thus far you (hall anfwer ; if jou 
Hiake your voyage upon her, and give me di^e&ly to 
ufiderftand you hare prevailed, I am no furtl^er your 
coemy, Ihe is not worth our debate. If i^e rcmaiii 
nnfeduc'd, you not making it appear otherwife ; for 
your ill opinion, and th* aiiault you have nude to her 
chaftity, you (hall anfwer me with your fword. 

' lach. Your hand, a covenant ; we will have the(e 
tfain^ (et down by lawful counfel, and ftraigbt away 
§(x AHiainiy left the bargain (hould catch cold, and 
flvve. I will ietch my gold, and have our two wagera 

6 lach, — If I hring yen v or ftijicie/ft teftimony thai I Ktfvsr 
nj^d ihi diarift Miij fart 9fyMr miftr$fs^ my tin thmijkni 
dmemij mn yours i fi is 'ytmr diatnondtw; if 1 ۤmi pfft m*i 
U4tv€ hir infucb b<mtmr asjf9u ha<vi truft in^ Jbt jwr jenn/el, this 
ypur ji^sfil^ and my gold are yoars, ^c, 

Poift. Ismbraci tbefi conditions^ &c.] This was a wager be*- 
VmMXi the two fpeaken* lachim^ ^tx\9xei the comtitsons of it ; 
a«4 Pofibumni ombracts th^m : ai well he might i £»r faciim^ 
nendonA mdy tbeu of the two conditions, which was fiurourablc 
to Pofthumns^ namely, that if his wife preferved her honour hd 
flioald win : concerning the other, (in cafe flie jiitfeiml it not) 
lachimot the accurate expounder df the wager^ i< iilenr. To 
make him talk more in charader, for we fiod him (hacp enough 
in the proiecution of his bet, we Qiould (Irike out the negative, 
and read the reft thus. If I bring you fnfficient tiftintony ibmi I 
ha^e enjofd. Sec. my ten thonfand ducats are uiJUt; /o is your 
diamond too* ^ I come ojf) and lea^feher infacb honwr, &€. Jki 
ymrj€nnel, kc. and ny gold are yo^tt. 

R4 P<fi* 

248 C r KB B LIM S. / 

Pifi. Agreed. [JEx/w/ EHxfthuinitf .^itfUGbti^ 
VnnA. Will tBis bold, think yeuf 
VbiL Signior Jtubwui will not from it 
Pray, let us follow 'em. lExmm 


C&zcg^^^ to CymbelineV Palace in Britaine« 

Ef^er ^ketn^ Ladks^ and Cornelius m^b a FM, 


^en. \1 7 H 1 L E yet the dcw*s on ground^ gatEkf ' 

VV ihofe flovirers : 
Make bafte. Wbo bas tbe note of them ? 

I Ladjf. I, Madam. 

^en. Difpatch. fExemS LadkS^ 

NoDTy mailer Doctor, you have brought thofe drc^? 

Cor. Pleafeth your Higbneis, ay; here tbey ar^ 
Madam ; 
But I befeech your Grace, without offence, 
(My confcience bids me ask) wherefore you bare 
Commanded of me tbele moft pois'nous compoundif 
Which are the movers of a languilhing death ; 
But, though flow, deadly. 

^een. I do wonder, Dodor, 

Thou ask^ft me liich a oueftion } have I not been 

Thy pupil long ? haft thou not learned me how 

To noake perfumes ? diftil? preferve? yea, fo. 

That our great King bimfel/dotb woo me oft ']•-'' 

For my confedtions i having thus far proceeded^ ' . 

(Unlefs thou think'ft me dev'lifli,) is*t not^moK ' , 

That I did amplifie my judgment in ' * 

Other conclufions ? I will try the forces 

Of thefe thy compounds on fuch creatures as 

We count not worth the hanging, (but none humane) 

To try the vigour of them, and apply 

Aikyments to their a£ti and by them gather 

Tbcir fev'ral virtues and eft&s. 


CrMB£LlNE. 249 

C^r. TourHigfandf 
Shall from this piaAice bnc make hard your heskft; 
Bcfid€s» the feeing ehefe effefia will be 
Bodi noyibme and infeftious* 

^ecn. O, coDCeac thee* 

Enter Pifanio. 

Here comes a flattering lafcal, upon him [/ifidi* 

Will I firft work ; he's for his matter's fake 
An enemy to my fon. How now, Pifanio ? 
Doftor, your fervice for this time is ended \ 
Take your own way. 

Cor. I do fufpecl you. Madam : \jlfidt. 

But you (hall do no harm. 

^en. Hark thee, a word.— [T^ Pifanio. 

Cor. I^do not like her. She doth think, (he has 
Strange ling'ring poifbns ; I do know her ^it. 
And will not truft one of her malice with 
A drug of fuch damn'd nature. Thofc, ihe has. 
Will ftupifie and dull the fenfe a while \ 
Which firft, perchance, fhe'U prove on cats and dog^ 
Then afteiwards up higher ; but there is 
No danger in what (hew of death it makes. 
More than the locking up the fpirits a time. 
To be more frefh, reviving. She is fool'd 
With a moft falfe effed ; and I the truer. 
So to be falfe with her. 

^uien. No further fervice, Doftor, 
Until I lend for thee. 

Cor. I humbly take my leave. [£xi/. 

Sliictn. Weeps ihe ftill, iay'il thou? doit thou 
think, in time 
She will not quench, and let inilru&ioi)s enter 
Where folly now poiS:iIes ? do thou work s 
When thou (halt bring me word ihe loves my fon, 
rU tell thee on the inftant, thou art then 
As jgreat as is thy mafter ^ greater \ for 




His fortunes all lye fpeechlefsy and his name 
Is atlaft gafp. Return he cannot^ nor 
Continue where he is : to (hift his being. 
Is to exchange one mifery with another ; 
And every day, that comes, comes to decay 
A day's work in him. What (halt thou expeft. 
To be depcnder on a thing that leans? 
Who cannot be new built, and has no friends. 
So much as butto prop him ? — Thou tak'ft up 

[Pifanio looking on the Vi»l 
Thou know'ft not what ; but take it for thy labour » 
It is a thing I make, which hath the King 
Five times redeemed from death ; I do not know 
What is more cordial. Nay, I pr'ythee, uke it; 
le is an earneft of a farther Good 
That I mean to thee. Tell thy miftrefs how . 
The cafe (lands with her; do*t, as from thyfelf: 
Think, what a chance thou chanceft on ; but think; — » 
Thou haft thy miftrefs flill : to boot, my (on ; 
Who (hall take notice of thee. PU move the King 
To any (hape of thy preferment, fuch 
As thou'lt defire •, and then myfelf, I chiefly. 
That fet thee on to this defcrt, am bound 
To load thy merit richly. Call my women— 

{Exii Pifanio. 

Think on my words A fly and conftant knave, 

Not to be (hak'd j the agent for his mafter ; 
And the remembrancer of her, to hold 
The hand faftto her Lord.— IVegiv*n him That, 
Which, if he take, (hall quite unpeople her 
Of leidgers for her fwect ; and which Ihe, after. 
Except (he bend her humour, fliall be a(rur'd 
To tafte of too. 

Enter Pifanio, and Ladies. 

So, fo ; well done, well done ; 

The violets, .cowflips, and the primrofes^ 



\ Bear to my clofet ; fare thee we]i» Pi/anh^ 

\ Think oa my words^ [Exeunt ^cen and Ladiii. 

I Pif. Andlhalldo: 

I But when to my good Lord I prove untrue, 

ril choak myfelf ; there's all I'Jl do. for you. \Exit. 


Changes to Imogen V Apartments. 

Enter Imogen alone. 

Imo. \ Father cruel, and a Stepdame falfe, 
£\ A fooliih fuitor to a wedded lady. 
That hath her husband bani(h*d«— 0> that liusband ! 
My fupream crown of grief, •and thofe repeated 

Vexations of it Had I been tbief-ftoln, 

As my two brothers, happy ! » but moft mifcrable 
Is the defire, that's glorious. ■ Blefs'd be thofe. 
How mean foc'er, that have their honeft wills. 
Which fealbns comfort. Who may this be ? fie ! 


S a nd thofe repeated 

Vexations »f it* * ] Meaning the Queen and her fon: 
thefe are iet, in comparifony with her hasband, and make the (en- 
timent extremely fine. 

Q ■ hut moft miferahli 

Is the dejire, that'^sghrions.'} Her hasband, (he fays, proves 
her fapreme grief. She had been happy had ihe been ftoJn ai her 
brodiers were, but now flie is miferable, as all thofe are who have 
a fenie of worth and honour faperior to the vulgar, which occa* 
fions them infinite vexations from the envious and worthlefs part 
of mankind. Had fhe not fo refined a tafte as to be content only 
with the fuperior merit of Poftbnmns^ but cottld have taken np 
wiih CUte/t, ihe might have efcaped thefe perfecotions. This 
dcgance of tSLfte, which always difcovers an excellence and chufet 
it, ihe calls'with great fublimity of expreffion, The defire that*% 
giorions i which the Oxford Editor not onderilandiog alters to^ 
^he dieffte that* s glorious. 

I ^ — Biefs^d be thofe 

How auan footer f that ha*vi their heneft mills t. 
Which feafons comfort. ^^^^1 The laft words are equivocal : 
hot the meaning it thiu. Who are beholden only to the feaibns 


25S Ct M BE LIN B. 

E^iter Pilaniog and I^himo. 

Pif. Madam, a nbble ^jcntleman of Rome 
Comes from my Lord with ktters. 

latb. Change you. Madam? 
The worthy Leonatus is in Ikfefy, 
And greets your Highneft dearly. 

Into. Thanks, good Sir, 
You*re kindly welcome. 

laeb. All of her, that is out of door, mod rich f 
If ihe be furnifli'd with a mind fo rare, \^Jfidc^ 

She is alone x}\* Arabian bird ; and I 
Have loft the wager, Boldncfs be my friend ! 
Arm me, Audacity, from head to foot : 
Or, like the Pattbian^ I (hall Hyitlg fight. 
Rather direftly fly. 

Imogea reads. 

He is one of the noblefi note^ to wbofe kindnejfcs I am 
nufft infittitefy tyed. Reflet t^on Urn accordingly^ as yon 
value your tn^. 

So far I read aloud : 
But even the very middle of my heart 
Is warm'd by th' reft, and takes ic thankfully. ■ 
You are as welcome, worthy Sir, as I 
Have words to bid you; and ftiall find it b^ 
loall that lean do, 

lacb. Thanks, £iireft Lady— — 
What ! are men mad i hath nature given them eyes 
To (ee this vaulted arch, 'and the rich cope 
Of iea and land, which can diftinguifli 'twixc 
The fiery orbs above, and the twinned ftones 

for their fupport and nounihrnent; fo that^ if thofe be kindly^ 
fuch have no more to care for or deiire. 

4^dtbi richQKOP 

Of fi» anJiand^ He is here fpeaking of the covtring of 
fea aDd land, Sbrnkf/piar therefore wrote, 

^"^And tbi rich COPI 



* Upon th» humbl'd beach ? and can wc not 
Partition make with fpcaaclcs fo precious 
'Twixt fair and foul. 

Imo. What makes your admiration ? 

lacb. Itcannotbci'th'eye; (for a|ies and monkeys, 
•Twixt two fuch Oaes^ wouM chatter this way, and 
Contemn with naowcs the other;) Nor i* th* iud'r- 
ment5 ** 

For Ideots, in this cafe of favour, would 
Be wifeJy definite: Nor i* th' appetite t 
Slutt*ry, to fuch neat exceUence opposed, 
♦Should make defire vomit emptincfs. 
Not io allur'd to feed. 

Imo. What is the matter, trow ? 

lacb. The cloyed will. 
That fatiate, yet unfetisfy'd defire, (that tub 
Both fill'd and running;) ravening firft the lamb. 
Longs after for the garbage—— 

Imo. What, dear Sir, 
Thus raps you ? are you wdl ? 

lacb. Thanks, Madam, well— 'Bcfecch you. Sir, 

• Ts^ » •_ J . • [X^ Pifanio. 

Defire my man's abode, where I did leave hiip 5 

* He's ftwnge, and peevilh. 

Pif. 1 was going, Sir, 

3 l>« /^* UNNUMBERED W*?-] Scnfe ifld thc aptkhcit 
tWjgc us to read this nonfcnfc thus, ^^ 

Upon tbi HUMBLED hiach. 
i. t. becaufe daily infuhed with the flow of the tide. 

4 ShouU mah defirt wmit emptine/s^ 

N0ifi allured to fad ^ L e. that appetite, which is not aUu- 
red to feed on ftch ejcccltocc, cau have no fiomach at all ; bat. 
tho empty, mull naufeate every thing* 

JH#V tongj ^ud peeyift.] /. #. ignoniat of iiiceign manners, 
impatient of comrad^aion. • This. I diink. wagood reafoa 
for his mafter to order him to ftay within doors. ' But the Oxf$rd 
Edtur^ With great acumen, alters it to, 

Hi'sfirangi and iheepiih. 





To give him welcome. 

Imo. Continues well my Lord 
His health, 'befeech you? 

Ia€b. Well, Madam. 

Itno. Is he difpos'd to mirth ? I hope, he is. 

lacb. Exceeding plealant % none a ftranger there 
So merry, and (o gamefbme i he is call'd 
The Britaine Reveller. 

Imo. When he was here. 
He did incline to iadnefs, and oft times 
Not knowing why. 

lacb. I never (aw him lad. 
There is a Frencbnum his companion, one. 
An eminent Monfieur, that, it (eems, much loves 
A Gallian girl at home. He furnaces 
The thick fighs from him } whiles the jolly Briton^ 
(Your Lord, I mean,) laughs from's free lungs, cries 


Can my fides hold, to think, that man, who knows 
By hiftory, report, or his own proof. 
What woman is, yea, what fhe cannot chufe 
But muft be, will his free hours languiih out 
For aflur'd bondage ? 

Imo. Will my Lord fay fo? 

lacb. Ay, Madam, with his eyes in Bood with 
It is a recreation to be by. 
And hear him mock the Frenchman: but heav'n 

Some men are much to blame. 

Imo. Not he, I hope. 

lacb. Not he. But yet heavVs bounty towards him 
Be us*d more thankfully. ^ In himlelf, 'tis much ; 
In you, whom I count his, beyond all talents i 
Whilft I am bound to wonder, I am bound 
To pity too. 


Cymbeline. 255 

Imo. What do you pity. Sir ? • 

loch. Two creatures heartily. 

Imo. Am I one^ Sir? 
Tou look on me \ what wreck difcern you in mc, 
Dcfervcs your pity 

/^ifr.. Lamentable! what! 
To hide me from the radiant fun, and (blace 
r th* dungeon by a fnuflf ? 

Imo. I pray you. Sir, 
Deliver with more opennefi your anfwers 
To tny demands* Why do you pity me ? 

lacb. That others do, 
I was about to (ay, enjoy your but 

It is an office of the Gods to venge it. 
Not mine to fpeak on'r. 

Itno. You do ieem to know 
Something of me, or what concerns me; pray 

(Since doubting things go ill, often hurts more 
Than co be fure they do 1 for certainties 
Or are paft remedies, or timely knowing. 
The remedy then born difcover to me 
What both you fpur and (lop. 

lach. Had I this cheek 
To bath my lips upon ; this hand, whoie touch, 
Whofe ev'ry touch would force the feeler's foul 
To th' oath of loyalty ; this otge£t, which 
Takes prisoner the wild motion of mine eye. 
Fixing it only here \ (hould I, (damn'd them,) 
Slaver with lips, as common as the ftairs 
That mount the Capitol ; join gripes with hands 
Made hard with hourly fal(hood, as with labour ; 
Then glad myfelf by peeping in an eye, 
Bafe and unluitrous as the fmoaky light 
That's fed with ftinking tallow \ it were fit. 
That all the plagues of hell ihould at one time 
Encounter fuch revolt. 


Jm. My Lord, I fear. 
Has forgot Britaine. 

lack. And himfelf. Not I, 
Inclin*d to tbis intelligence, pronounce 
The beggary of this change ; but 'tis your graces, 
That from my nouteft conlcience, to my tongue. 
Charms this report oai* 

into. Let me hear no mpre. 

lacb. Oh deareftfoulj your c^ule doth ftrike mj 
With pity, th^tdoth irokc me fick, A Lady • 
So fair, and &ften'd to an erppery. 
Would make the great'ft Kjng double! to he partoerM 
With tomboys^ hir'd with that lelf-»hibitiOn 
Which your own coffers yield!— —with difeu'd 

Thait pjay mih all infirmities for gold. 
Which rottennefs lends nature! fuch boy I'd ftuff. 
As well might poifon Poifon ! Be reveng'd ; 
Or ihe, that bore you, was po Quec^ wd you 
Recoil from your great ftock* 

Imo. Reveng'd! 
How (hould I be reveng'd, if this be true H 
(As I have fuch a heart, that both mine eaxf 
Mud not in hafte abufe \) if it be true. 
How iball I he reveng'd ? 

lacb. Should he make me 
Live like Diamh Prieft, betwiyt cold ihects ? 
Whiles be is vaulting vfiriable ramp3 
In your defpight, upoo your purfe? Revenge ic; — 
I dedicate mylelf tp your fwicet pleafure, 
Mgre noble than tbait runagate to your bed ; 
And will continue faft to your afiedtion^ 
Scill clofe, as fure. 

Imo. What ho^ J^ifnuQl- 

lacb. Lite mci my iervice. tender on your. lipa. 

Imo. Ayfi3Ly ! — I do condemn mine ears^ that hanv 


Cy^lBBLlNE. 257 

So long attended thee. If thou were honourable^ 

Tbou wouid'ft have told this (ale for virtue, not 

For fiich an end thou feek'ft; as bafe, as ftrange: 

Thou wrong'ft a Gendeman, who is as far 

From thy report, as thou from honour ; and 

Sollicit*(l here a Lady, that diiclains 

Thee, and the Devil alike. What ho, P//2r»w/— • 

The King my father Ihall be made acquainted 

Of thy aflault} if he fhall think it fit, 

A fiuicy firanger in his court to mart 

As in a Ramifi ftew, and to expound 

His beaftly mind to us ; he hath a court 

He little cares for, and a daughter whom 

He not pefpeds at alL What ho, Pifaniol 

lofb^ Q happy Leonatus^ I may % \ 
The credit, that thy Lady hath of thee, 
Ekfenres thy truft, and thy moft perfedl: goodncfi 
Her aflur*d credit ! blcfEd live you long, 
A Lady to the worth ieft Sir, that ever 
Country caird his ! and you his miftrels, only 
For the mod worchieft fit ! Give me your pardon, 
I have fpoke this, to know if your affiance 
Were deeply rooted ; and fliall make your Lord, 
That which he is, new o*er : and he is one 
The trucft-manner^d, fuch a holy witch. 
That he enchants focieties into him : 
Half all men's hearts are his. 

Imo. You make amends. 

lacb. He iks 'mong men, like a defbended God : 
He hath a kind of honour lets him ofi^. 
More than a mortal feeming. Be not angry, 
Moft mighty Princefs, that I have adventured 
To try your taking of a faife report ; which hath 
Honoui^d with confirmation your great judgment. 
In the cle&ion of a Sir, fo rare. 
Which, you know, cannot err. The love I bear him. 
Made me to fan you thus > but the Gods made you, 

Vo L. VII. S Un- 

25? Cymbeline, 

Unlike all others, chafflefs. Pray, your pardon. 

Imo. All's well. Sir; take my pow'r i^ch* court for 

Jacb. My humble thanks ; I had almoft forgot 
T* intreat your Grace but in a fmall requeft. 
And yet of moment too, for it concerns 
Your Lord ; myfelf, and other noble friends 
Are partners in the buHnefs. 

Imo. Pray, whatis*t? 

lacb. Some dozen Romans of us, and your Lord, 
(Bed feather of our wing,) have mingled films 
To buy a prefent for the Emperor : 
Which I, the faftor for the reft, have done 
In France ^ 'tis plate of rare device, and jewels 
Of rich and exqyifite form, their values great % 
And 1 am fomething curious, being ftrange, ' • 
To have them in iafe ftowage : may it pleafe yoa ' 
To take them in protedion ? 

Imo. Willingly; 
And pawn mine honour for their (afety. Since 
My Lord hath infreft in them, I will keep them 
In my bed-chamber. 

lacb. They are in a trunk. 
Attended by my men : I will make bold 
To fend them to you, only for this night ; 
I muft aboard to morrow.j 

Jmo. Ono, no. 

lacb. Yes, I befeech you : or I fliall (hort nry word, 
By length'ning my return. From GaUia^ 
I crols*d the ieas on purpoie, and on promife 
To fee your Grace. 

Imo. 1 thank you for your pains ; 
But not away to morrow ? 

lacb^ O, I muft. Madam. 
Therefore, I fliall beftcch you, if you pleafe' 
To greet your lord with writing, do*r to night 
I have oucftood my timci which is material 

Cymbblinb. 259 

To th* tender of our preient. 

Imo. I will write : 
Send your trunk to me, it fliall lafe be kept. 
And truly yielded you : You're very welcome. 



CYMBELINE'x Palace. 
Enter Cloten, and two Lords. 

C L O T B K. 

A S there ever man had fuch luck ! when I 


kiis'd the Jack upon an up-caft, to be hit 
away J I had an hundred pound on't^ and then a 
whoreibn jack*an-apes muft take me up for fwearing, 
as if I borrowed mine oaths of him, and might not 
ipend them at my pleafure. 

1 Lord. What got he by that? you have broke 
his pate with your bowL 

2 Lord. If his wic had been like him that broke it, 
it would have run all out. [j4fi^- 

Clot. When a gentleman is difpos'd to fwear, it is 
not for any ftanders-by to curtail his oaths. Ha ? 
. 2 Lord. No, my lord ; nor crop the cars of them. 

Clot. Whorfon dog! I give him fatisfaftion ? 
'would, he had been one of my rank. 

2 Lord. To have fmelt like a fooL^— • ^^fide. 
Clot. I am not vext more at any thing m the 
earthy— —a pox on't ! I had rather not be fo noble as 
I am ; they dare not fight with me, bccaufe of the 
Qtjeen my mother ; every Jack-flave hath his belly 
fiill of fightings and I muft gp up and down like a 
cock that no body can match, 

S z 2 Lord. 


26o € V MB E L IN k, 

2 Lord. You are a cock and a capon ccfb ; and ytki 
crow, cock, with your comb on. [/^Sde. 

Clot. Say'ft thou ? 

2 Lord, It is not fit your lordfbip Ihould undertake 
every companion, that you give offence to. 

Clot. No, I know that ; but it is fit I ihould com- 
mit offence to my inferiors. 

z Lord. Ay, it is fit for your lordfhip only, 

Got. Why, fo I fay. 

1 Lord, Did you hear of a ftranger that^s come to 
court to night P 

Qot. A ftranger, and I not know on't ? 

2 Lord. He's a (Irange fellow himfelf, and knows 

it not« {.4fi^^ 

I Ijord, There's an ItaUan come, and, 'tis thought, 

one of Leonaius*s friends." 

Clof. LeoHaius! a banifh'd rafcal ; and he*s another, 

whatfoevcr he be. Who told you of this ftranger ? 

1 Lord. One of your lordfhip's pages. 

CloL Is it fit I went to look upon him? is there no 
derogation in*t i 

2 Lord. You cannot derc^ate, my lord. 
Clot. Not eafily, I think. 

2 Lord. You are a fool granted, therefore your 
ifTues being fooliih do not derogate. [4^« 

dot. Come, ril so fee this li^ian: ^hzx Iliave 
loft to day at bowls, Til win to night of him. 
Come; go. 

2 Lord. 1*11 attend yourlordlhip. [£;«/ Clot. 

That fuch a crafty devil as his mother. 
Should yield the world this afs! — a woman, that 
^.Bears all down with her brain ; and this her ion 
Cannot take two from twenty for hh heart. 
And leave eighteen.— — Alas, Poor Princels, 
Thou divine Imogen^ what thou endur'ft ! 
Betwixt a father by thy ftep-damc governed, 
A mother hourly coining plots ; a wooer, 



More hateful than the fotil expulfion is 

Ot^ chy dear husband, than th^t hoi;rid a£l 

Of the divorce {a) Hell made. The hcav'ns hold firm 

The walls of chy dear Honour \ keep unihak'd 

That Temple, ihy fair .Mind-, that thou may'ft ftand 

T* ci^ .thy haq^'fti'd lord, aud this great l^nd ! 


Changes to a magnijicent Bcd-cba??iber i in one 

part of it a large trunk. 

IiSH^en is difcdver^d reading in her h(d^ a La^ 


Imo. \ T 7 H O^s there ? my woman Helen ? 

La^. Pleafe yo^. Madam- 
Imo. What hour is it ? 
Ludy. Almoft midnight. Madam. 
Imo. 1 have read three hours then, mine eyes arc 
Fold down the leaf where I have left ; to bed- 
Take not away the (apcr, leave it burning : 
And if thou cand a^^^ake by four o*th' clock, 

1 pr*ythcc, .call me Ileep hath fciz'd me w{ipJ)y. 

[^ExU Ladjf. 
To your prote&ion I commend me, Gods; 
From Fairies and the Tempters of the night. 
Guard me, •befeechyc. [Sleeps. 

[lachimo rifes from the trunk, 
lacb^ The crickets fing, and man's o*er^labour'd 
Repairs itfelf by reft : our Tar^n thus 
Did foftiy prefs the ruQies, ere he wakenM 

[ {a) $/ the il<v9rtt Hett-maie, Oxford Editor,— Vulg. of the 
4i'y9r€€ hi* U make. 1 

S 3 The 

261 Cymbbline.' 

The chaftity he wounded. Cytberea^ 

How bravely thou becom'ft thy bed ! ficfli lilly. 

And whiter than the flieets ! that I miglu touchy 

But kifs, one kifs — rubies unparagon'd. 

How dearly they do*t !— *tis her breathing, that 

Perfumes the chamber thus : the flame o^th' taper 

Bows toward her, and would under-peep her lids. 

To fee th' inclofed light, now canopy 'd 

Under thefe windows : white ' with azure lac'd. 

The blue of heav'n*s own tind— But mydefigifi 

To note the chamber — I will write all down^ 

Such, and fuch, pidures— there, the window»-*4lich 

Th' adornment of her bed— —the arras, figures—* 

Why, fuch, and fuch — ^and the contents o*th' ftory— * 

Ah, but feme natural notes about her body, j 

Above ten thouiand meaner moveables, 

Would teftify, t'enrich my mventory, ^ 

O Sleep, thou ape of Death, lye dull upon ner? 

And be her fenfe but as a monument. 

Thus in a chappcl lying ! Come off, come off. — 

\Xaking off ier bracikl. 
As flipp'ry, as the Goriian knot was hard.* 
'Tis mine ; and this will witnefs outwardly. 
As ftrongly as the confcience do's within. 
To th* madding of her lord. On her left breaf^ 
A mole cinque-fpotted, like the crimlbn drops 
Fth* bottom of a cowflip, Here*s a voucher. 
Stronger than ever law could make : this '^i]^^ 
Will force him think, Pve pick'd the JocjlB^^Md ta*en 
The treafure of her honour. No more-^tt'lMluut.ttd ? 
Why fliould I write this down, that's riwed^"' 
Screwed to my mcm'ry ? She hath beeo reading, latei 

t >■■ *a)hit€ AND axgri^ lac*d 

'^ITH blue dfbeanPn*so^m tin^i."] We ihoiald.Cttt<i> •- 

nvhite nnfitb Mxun lac^d^ 4 

The biui of bea'v'iCs own tinS. •( 

/. #. the white ftkin laced with blue veins* 


Cymbeline. 263 . 

The talc of Tereus ; here the leaf's turned down, 
Where PUlomek gave up— —I have enough." 
To ch' trunk again, and (hut the fpring of it. 
Swifty fwift, you Dragons of the night! ^ that dawning 
May bear the raven's eye : I lodge in fear, 
Though this a heav'nly angeJ, hclJ is here. [Qockftrikes. 
One, two, three : time, time ! 

{Goes into the tnmky the Scent cbfes. 


Changes to another part of the Palace^ facing 

ImogenV Apartments. 

Enter Clocen, and Lards. 

I Lord.yj OXJR lordfhip is the moft patient man in 
1 lofs, the coldeft that ever turn'd up ace. 
dot. It would make any man cold to tofe. - 
I Lord. But not every man patient, after the noble 

temper of your lordfhip *, you are moft hot/ and fu« 

rious, when you win. 
Gfc/. Winning will put any man into courage : If I 

could get this foolifli Imogen^ I fliould have gold 

enough : It's almoft morning, is't not ? 

tJhai Janvnifig 

Mof hear tbe raven^j eye: ] Some copies read tare or 

make bare; others^ ofe, £kit the true reading is tear, A term 
taken from heraldry, and very iublimely applied. The meaning 
iSy that mombg may aiTame the colour of the raven's eye, which 
k ^^#y* Hence it is ib commonly called the grej-eyd momtng. 
And Romeo and Juliet, 

Til fivf yon grey is not the morning* s eye. 
Had SiaAeffear meant to tan or open the eye, that ia^ to awake, 
he had inftanced racher in the lark than raven, as the earlier rifer. 
Bcfides, whether the morning tared or cftned the rav$u\% eye was 
of no advantage to the fpeaker, hot it was of much advantage that 
it ftiould tear it, that is, become light. Yet the Oxford Editor 
judicioafly alten it to, 

ISaj tan itt rwoin-eyt. 

S 4 I Lord^ 

at 4 CYMBELlNEi 

1 Lard. Day» my lord. 

Ctoi. I would, this mufick wmitd come : I Oik td* 
vis*d CO give her mufick o'mornings ; thejr fity, it ihli 

Enier Mji/kians. 

Come on, tune ; if you can penetrate her with your 
fingering, fo ; we'll try with tongue too ; if none will 
do, let her remain : but PU never give o'er. Firft, a 
very excellent good conceited thing ; after, a wcH)dcr« 
ful iweet air with admirable rich words to it ; andf^d^ 
let her confider. '*^^* 

SONG. 7 

Hark^ hark! the lark at beanfn^ s gate fi^s^ i 

And Phoebus *giHs arife^ 
* His finds to water at tbojefprtngs - 

On cbalic^d flowers that hes : 
Jbid winking Mary-hids begin 

To ope their golden eyes \ 
Ifitk e^ery thing (a) that pretty Un^ 

My lady fweet^ arife: 
Arifey arife. 


So, get you gone— —if this penetrate, I will confider 
your tpi^ck the better : if it do not, it is a vice'iii ha 
ears, which horfe-hairs, and cats**guts, nor the voidCdF 
unpav'd eunuch to boot, can never ameod« 


Enter ^een and Cymbeline. * 

2 Lord, Here comes the King. 

Clot. I am glad I was up fo late, for that's the rea&i 


3 Ws ftteds to 'Water at thofe Jhrings 

On chalic' d ftofwtrs that ^^/-'J t.€. the inohihig ffts dlitv 
Dp the dew which lies in the cups of flowen. ' 

[(«) tbatfrtttj bin. Oxford Editor.'^-Valg. tbatfrtttyh^ 


C YM B«T.l N R 26t 

I was tip fi> early : he cannot diufe bnt takt tfihiCr^ice 
I have done, fatherly. Good morrow to your M*. 
jcfty, and to my gracious mother. 

Cym. Attend you here thedoor of our flem daughter ? 
Will flic not forth ? 

Qrt. I have a&ird her with muficks, hut jhc 
Touch&fes no notice. 

Cym. The exile of her minion is too new ; 
She hath ndtyet forgot him :Tome more time 
Muft wear the pfintx^f his remembrance out. 
And then file's yours. 

^ecK You are moft bound to fh* King, 
Who lets go by no vantages, that may 
Prefer you to his daughtcfr. Franoc youtfttf * . 
To orderly follicits % and be frieiidbd 
With aptneis of the feafon ; 'moke dmi$k 
Encreaie yourfcrvices*; ibfeem^ asif 
Tou were infpir'd lo do thofe dtttifls, wihidi 
You tender to her : that you in all-ob^ her. 
Save when command to your difiniffioo ceods. 
And therein you are fenfek&. 

Clof. Senfelefi? Hot (b. 

. . . . . En/er a Mejfenger. 

M4. So likr you. Sir, -Ambafladors fern Rme\ 
The one is Caius Lucius. 

Cym. ' A twxttby- fellow. 
Albeit tie comes cm aogvyi purpofe now ; 
]^t that's noviault of his : we xmift iieceive:iiim 
According to the henoiir of iiist'feiider ; 
And cowards liimfelf, '^ hisgoddnefs^fore^fpent oh us. 

We muft elttend our notice : Our deaf fen, 

When you have giv'n good morning to your miftrefi. 

4 ' his goddnifs fan- (pent vn »/,] /. /. thc^ood offices 

'dmid'by hifii to as heretofore. 



266 C r M B E L I N E; 

Attend the Qoeen and us; we fliall have need 
T* employ you cowards this Rman. Come, our 
Queen. [Exemu. 


dot. nf Ihe be up, PI! fpcak with her ; if not. 
Let her lye ftilL and dream. By your leave, ho! 

I know, her women are about her-— —what. 
If I do line one of their hands ?— — *qs gold, 
Vi^hich buys admittance, (oft it doth,) yea, makes 
Dianah rangers faUe themfelves, yield up 
Their deer to th* fiand o*th* ftealer : and 'tis gold. 
Which makes the true man kill'd, and laves the thief ^ 
Nay, fometimes, hangs both thief and true-man : what 
Can it not do, and undo ? I will make 
One of her women lawyer to me, for 
I yet not underftand the cafe my felf. 
By your leave.—— [Kuocis^ 

Enter a Lady, 

Lady. Who's there, that knocks? 

QoL A Gentleman. 

Lady. No more ? 

Clot. Yes, and a gendewoman's ibn^ 

Lady. That*s more 
Than ibme, whofe tailors are as dear as yours, 
Otn juftly boaft of: what's your lordlhij/s pleafure? 

Cbt. Your lady's perfon ; is (he ready i 

Lady. Ay, to keep her chamber. 

Clos. There is gdd for you, fell me your good 

J ]/ fie ii tip. Sec.'] It ii obfervable^ that SbahAtur vakok 
Lis fools deal much in that kind of wit called the ikuhk tnundn 
with only a fingle meaning ; fince his time transferred to the fine 
Gentleman of £e drama. 


Cymbbline. 267 

La^. How, my good name? or to report of yoo 
What I fliall think is good ? The Princeis 

Enfir Imc^en. 

Chi. Good morrow, feircft : fiftcr, your fwcet hand. 

Aia. Good morrow, Sir; you Jay out too mkh 
For purchafing but trouble ; the thanks I give. 
Is telling you that I am poor of thanks. 
And (carce can fpare them. 

Clot. Still, I fwear, I love you. 

Imo. If you but faid fo, 'twere as deep with me : 
If you fwear ftiJI, your recompence is (till 
Tliat I regard it not. 

Cloi. This is no anfwer. 

Imo. But that you (hall not &y I yield, being (ilent, 
I would not fpeak. I pray you, (pare me — faith, 
I fliall unfold equal difcourtefie 
To your beft kindnefs: ^ one of your great knowing 
Should learn (being tort) forbearance. 

6 ■ 0Me tfyur great knowing 

SbnJd learn (being tavoht ) forbearance,'^ Bat fore, 
whoever is taugbty neceflarily learns. Learning is not the fie 
and rcafooable confequcnce of being taught^ bat is the thing itfelf. 
As it is fuperflaoas in the expreffion, (o {which is the commoa 
condition of nonfenfe) it is deficient in the fentiment. It is no 
mark of a knowing perfon that he has learnt forbearance iimply. 
For ibrbearance becomes a virtue, or point of civil prudence, onlf 
as it refpeAs a forbidden objed. ^bakefpear^ X am perfuaded» 

■ " ■ one of yonr great hunting 

Should learn (oeing Toar) fbrbearamce. 

/. e, one of yoar wifdom J^uU learn (from a fenfe of yonr par- 
faing a forbidden objeft) forbearance : which gives os a good and 
perunent meaning in a corred expreffioo. T^r/, an old French 
wordy fignifying the being in the nvrong^ is much in ufe amongft 
oar old Englijb writers, which thofe who have not read theni, 
may coUe^Ek from its being found in the Etjmologieon of the«judi< 
cious Skinner, 


x68 Cy:mbbline« 

Cbt. 7 To leave jrou in your madnefa, 'cw«e n^MIn i 
I will not. 

Imo. Fools cure not mad folks. 

Qot. Do you call me fool i 

Imo. As 1 am mad, ( do : 
If you'll be patient, I'll no more be mad $ 
That cures us both. 1 am much forry. Sir, 
You put me to forget a lady's manners 
By being fo verbal : and learn now for all. 
That I, who know my heart, do here pronotuict 
By th' very truth of it, I care not for you : 
And am fo near the lack of charity 
T' accufe my felf, I hate you : which I had rather 
You felt, than make my boaft. 

Chi. You fin againft 
Obedience, which you owe your father ; for 
The contraft you pretend with that bafc wretch, 
(One, bred of alms, and fofter'd with coU diflies. 
With fcrapso'th' court,) it is no con trad, none: 
And though it bealk>w'd in meaner parties, 

J To lean) e you in jour Maine ft , * inner e my Sin i 

I nuill not. • 

Imo. Fools ARE not mai folks. 
Clot. Do you call me foolf ' 

Imo. As 1 am mai, I do.} Bat does ihe really call him fool ? 
The acttteft c.itic would be puzzled to find it oat, at the text 
fta.ds. The reafoning is perpkxM by a flight conruptioii ; aad 
we muft leftore it thvs. 

Fools CURB not maifMe^ 
Yoa are road, (ays he, and it would be a crime {n me to Icare 
you to yourlelf. Nay» fays (he, why fhould you ftay ) A fool 
never curM madnefs. Do you call me fool ? replies he, &r. AH 
this is taiy and natural And that cure was certainly thepoet^'s 
word, I chink, is "^trg evident from what Imogen iramediatdy 

If youUl he patient ^ III no more be madi 
That carts us kotb. 

i, $, if yoa*ll ceafe to torture me with your faolifli fdicififignH 
ril ceafe to (hew towards you any thing like madnefs : fo adonfalfr. 
core will be efieded, of yoar folly, and my fuppos'd frenzy. 


Ctmbelins. 269 

(Yet who than he, more mean?) to knit Aeir fouls 

(On whom there is no more dependency 

But brats and beggary,) ' in ielf-finger'd knot; 

Yet you are curb'd from that enlargement by 

The confcquence o*th' crown ; and muft not foil 

The precious note of it with a bafe flare, 

A hilding for a livery, a iquire's cloth i 
A pantler; not fo eminent. 

Imo. Prophane fellow ! 
Wert thou the fon of Jupiter^ and no more 
But what thou art befides, thou wert too bafe 
To be his groom : thou wert dignifyd enough, 
Ev'n to the point of Envy, if 'twere made 
Comparative for your virtues^ to be ftij'd 
The under>hangman of his realm ; and hated . 
For being preferred fo well. 
dot. The fouth-fog rot him ! 
Imo. He never can meet more mifthance, tbaa 
To be but nam*d of thee. His meaneft garmeot. 
That ever had but dipt his body, 's dearer 
Jn my refpedt, than all the hairs above thee. 
Were they all made fuch men. How now, Pifimh f 

Enter Piianio. 

Cbi. His garment? now, the devil- 

Imo. To Dorothy^ my woman, hye thee pveiMtly, 
Clot. His garment ? 
Itno. I am fprighted with a fool. 
fVightcd, and angred worfe— -go^ bid my woman 

B •--** in SBLF-FicvR*o iiir#/0 This is noBfcnfe. We 
Aoiild read» 

SSLV-FIliOBIL*» i«#/. 

i. t. a knot fdely of their own tying, without any xtpjA t» 
parcae, or achcr more public confideradons. 



Search for ^ a jewel, that too cafually 

Hath left mine arm — it was thy maftcr'j. I 'Shrew me. 

If I would lofe it for a revenue 

Of any King in Europe. I do think, 

I £iw't this morning ; confident I am, 

Lall night 'twas on my arm ; I kiffed it. 

• I hope, it be not gone, to tell my lord 

That I kifs aught but him. 

Pif. 'Twill not be loft. 

Imo. I hope fo ; go, and fearch. 

QoL You have ateis*d me ■ 

His meaneft garment ? 

Imo. Ay, 1 faid fo. Sir 5 
If you Will make*t ao a&ion, call witnefi to'c 

CloL I will inform your father. 

Imo. Your mother too 5 
She's my good lady 5 and will conceive, I hopc» 
But the worft of me. So I leave you, Sir, 
To th' worft of difcontent. lExii. 

Clot. Pll be revenged,— — 
His meaneft garment ? — well. [Esni. 

Q — — . — aje^Mel, thai too cafually 

Hatb lift my arm — ] /. e. too many chances of lofittg it 
have arifen from my carelefnefs. 

1 . *Shrenv jwr, 

^, &€.] I. e, may I fall under an evil tongue, if, &c. 

2 / %/• it be not gone, to tell my Uri 

That I kifs aught but him. | This is fine. It was fpnc en that 
errand. And we are to confider this paffagc as alludiog to thoft 
ominous fpecches concerning which the ancients were fo fupcr- 
ftitious. See another inibnce of this kind/in the bts^ing fky» 
Aai. Scene II. 



Ct-mbelini* 271 


Changes to Rome. 

Enter Pofthumus, and ?\ii\zx\o. 

P^.in E A R it not, Sir 5 1 would, I were fo lure 

X^ To win the King, as I am bold, her honour 
Will remain hers. 

Pbi. What means do you make to him ? 

Poft. Not any, but abide the change of time ; 
Quake in die prefent winter's ftate, and wifb. 
That warmer days would come ; in theft fcar*d hopes^ 
I barely gracifie your love ; they failing, 
I muft die much your debtor. 

Pbi. Your very goodnefs, and your company, 
0*cr-pays all I can do. By this, your King 
Hath heard of great Augufius ; Caius Lucius 
Will do's commiffion throughly. And, I think. 
He'll grant the tribute ; fend th' arrearages. 
E'er look upon our Romans^ whole remembrance 
Is yet freih in their grief, 

Poft. I do believe, 
(Scacift though I am none, nor like to be,) 
That this (hall prove a war ; and you fhall hear 
The legions, now in Gallia^ fooner landed 
In our not fearing Britain^ than have tidings 
Of any penny tribute paid. Our Countrymen 
Are men more order*d, than when Julius Cajkr 
Smil'd at their lack of skill, but found their courage 
Worthy of frowning at. Their difcipline. 
Now mingled with their courages, will make known 
' To their approvers, they are people fuch 
As mend upon the world. 

. 3 Ts tbiir approrers, ■ 1 ] /. #• to thofe who ur/ them. 




Enkr lachimo. 

PbiL See, lacbimo.^--'^ 

Poft. Sure, the fwift harts have poftcd you by land, 
And winds of all the corners ki&'d your £uls. 
To make your veOiiel nimble. 

Poft. Welcome, Sir. 

Phi. I hope, the briefhefs of your anfwer made 
The fpeedinels of your Return. 

lacb. Your lady 
Is of the faireft I e'er lookM upon. 

Poft^ And, therewidial, the beftj or ktherbewqr 
Look through a cafement to allure ialfe hearts. 
And be falfe wkh them. 

Jack. Here are letters for you. 

Poft. Their tenour good, I truft. 

lach. *Tis very like. 

Poft. Was Caius Lucius in the BriUun Gour^ 
When you were there ? 

lacb. He was expected then 9 
But not approach'd. 

Poft. All is well yet. 
Sparkles this ftone as it was wont, or is*€ not 
Too dull for your good wearing ? 

lacb. If IVe loft ir, 
I fliouid have loft the worth of It in gold ; 
PU make a journey twice as far, t* enjoy 
A fecond night of fuch fweet (hortnefs, which 
Was mine in Brikun ; for the ring is won, 

Poft. The ftone^s too hard to come by. 
lacb. Not a whit. 
Tour lady being fo eafie. 
Poft. Make not. Sir, 
Your I0& your fport ; I hope^ yon know, that wc 
Muft not continue friends. 


Cymbblini. 2yi 

laeh. Good Sir» we muft. 
If jrou keq) covenant ; had t not brought 
The knowledge of your miftrcis home» I gran^ 
We were to queftion Farther ; but I now 
Profefs tnyfelf the winner of her honour. 
Together with your ring ; and not the wronger 
Of her, or you, having proceeded but 
By both your wills. 

Pqfi. If you can make't apparent 
Th^ you have tafted her in bed ; my hand^ 
And ring is yours. If not, the foul opinion,' 
You had of her pure honour, gains, or lofes 
Your fword or mine ; or mafterleis leaves bodi 
.To who fliall find them. 

lacb. Sir, my circumftances 
Being fo near the truth, as I will make them, 
Muft firft induce you to believe ; whofe ftrength 
I will confirm with oath, which, I doubt not. 
You'll give me leave to (pare, when you (hall find 
You need it not. 

Poft. Proceed. 

lacb. Firft, her bed-chamber— — 
(Where, I confels, I (lept not •, but profefs. 
Had That was well worth watching) it was hangM 
V^ith tapeftry of filk and filvcr ; the ftory 
'' PtqicA Cleopatra^ when (he met her Ronton^ 
*< ^ And Cydnus fweird above the banks» or for 
The prefe of boats, or pride , — A piece of work . 


4 jf n J Cydnus /weird ahove the hanks, or for * 

The prefs of boati^ or pride , ] Thit is an agreeable rU- 

,cak on poetical exaggeration* which gives homan paffioos toin- 
animare things : and particularly, upon what he himfelf writes in 
the foregoing play on chis very iubjed, 

■ ■ And made 

The ^umter^ HJiAUb they beat^ to follow /after ^ 

As amorous of their ftrokes. 

flkt the fatire b not only agreeably tamed, bat irtty artfully em- 
ployed } as it is a plain indication* that the fpeaker is fecretly 
iL Vol- VII. T mocking , 



C y M B E L I N E. 

Poft. Very true, ^ t^ , 

And fo, I hope, he came byf j-^back my nng i— 
Render to me fomc corporal fign about her^ 
More evident than this ; for this was ftolc. 
lacb. By Jupiter^ I had it from her arm. 
Pofi. Hark you, hefwears; hy Jupiter hcfwcaa 
•Tistrue — nay, keep the ring — 'tis true i ^Pmfure 
She could not lofe it j her attendants arc 
All honourable > they induced to fteal it I 
And, by a ftranger! -no, he hath cnjoy'd her. 
The cognizance of her incontinency 
Is this ; (he hath bought the name of Whoic dus 

dearly i 
There, take thy hire, and all the fiends of hell 
Divide themfelves between you ! 

PU. Sir, be patient ; 
This is not ftrong enough to be believed, 
Of one perfuaded well of, ? ■ 

Pofi. Never talk on*t i 
She hath been coked by him* 

lacb. If youfcek 
For farther fatisfying, under her breaft, 
Worthy the preffing, lyes a mole, right proud 
Of that moft delicate lodging. By my life, 


She C9uld not lofe it ; her ttitendanti an 

AH honourahle ; they induced to fieal it! 

And^ hy a ftranger! no, ] The abfard condofioBS of 

jealoafy are here admirably painted and expofed. PtftbamtUf on 
the credit of a bracelet, and an oath of the party conoened, 
Judges againft all appearances from the intimate knowledge of Ui 
wiie*s honour, that fhe was fa\k to his bed ; and gronndi thtf 
judgment, at laft, upon much lefs appearances of the honour of 
her attendants. Now common fenfe, from hb belief of the hoaovr 
of his wife*s attendants, (hould either have made bim cooclndeiA 
favoar of hers ; or if he rejefled the much ftronger apjpentfCO 
of honour in her, he ihould, at the fame time, have rejected ttoft 
much Sweaker in her attendants. Bat Shakejpiar knew at «ltf 
diftance nafon and U*vi are wont to b6» and has, therefore, fll^ 
them keep their diftance here. 




C r M BK L I N Ri 277 

I kift it I and ic gave me prefent hunger 

To feed ngm^ though faU. You do remember 

This ftain upon her ? 

P^. Ay, and ic doth confirm 
Another (tain, as big as hell can hold. 
Were there no more but it. 

lacb. Will you bear more ? 

Pqft. Spare your arithmecick, 
Cbunt not the Turns : once, and a million ! 

Jatb. I'll be fworn ■ 

P^. Nofwearing: 
If you will fwear you have not done^t^ you lie. 
And I will kill thee, if thou doft deny 
Thou'fl: made me cuckold. 

lacb. rU deny nothing. 

Pq/l. O, that I had her here, to tear her limb-meal ! 
I will go there, and do*t i* th* Court, before 
Her father. 1*11 do fomething— — [Exit. 

PH. Quite befides 
The government of patience ! you have won ; 
Let*s follow him, and pervert the preient wrath 
He hath againft himfelf. 

lacb. With al) my heart. {Exiunt. 


Rt-enier Fofthumus. 

Poft. * Is there no way for men to be, but women 

Muft be half- workers? we are baftards allj 

And chat moft venerable man, which I 

Did call my father, was I know not where. 

When I was (lampt. Some coyner with his tools 

Made me a counterfeit \ yet my mother iecm*d 

The Dion of chat time*, (o doth my wife 

The non-pareil of this— -Oh vengeance, vengeance ! 

Nf e of my lawful pleafure fhe reftrain*d. 

And pray'd me, oft, forbearance *, did it with 

Ti A 

278- C'Y l^BrE^L.I NE. 

A pudency fa rofic, the fwcetvicw on't' 

Might well have warmM old <9a/irn^— -«*that I' 

' thought her 
Aschafl:e» as unfunnM fnow. . Oh, all theDevila! 
This yellow lachimo in an hour— was't not ?— — 
Or Xtis : at firft ? perchancet he fpoke not, but 
Like a full-acorn'd Boai<, a churning 00, 
Cry*d oh ! and mounted ; found no oppoGtbn 
From what hie looked for Should oppofe, and (he 
Should from encounter guard. Could Lfiiid out 
The woman*s part in me — for- there's no motkui 
That tends to vite in man, but,. I affirm, 
It is the woman's part; be't lying, notCvit, 
The woman's; flattering, hbrs; deceiving, hen; 
Luft, and rank thoughts, hers, hers; reveages, 

« hersi 
Ambitions, coverings, change of prides,-: diidain, 
Nice longings, flanders, mutability-: 
All faults that may be nam*d, nay, that heH^koKMivs, 
Why, hers, in part^ or all^ but rather all.— For 

*■ even to vice 
They are not condant, but are changing ftill ; 
One vice, but of a minutecid, for toe 
Not half fo old as that. FlI write againft them, 
Dcteft them, curfe thenx-^— yet 'tis greater skill. 
In a true hate to pray, they have their Will ; 
The very Devils cannot plague tfaem better. [£xi/. 




C Y ^B.E.L.IN,E. , 279 


Cymbeline'^ Palace. 

Enter^ in State^ Cymbeline^ ^etn^ Clotcn, and 
Lords at one door \ and at another^ Caius Lucius 
and attendants. 


NO W fay, what would Juguftus Cefar with us ? 
Luc. When Julius Cajar^ (whofe remem-. 
brance yet 
lives in men's eyes, and will to ears and tongues 
Be theme, and hearing ever) was in this Britaine^ 
And conquered ir, Cqffibelan^ thine uncle, 
(Famous in Cafars praifes, no whit lels 
Than in his feats delerving it) for him. 
And his fucceffion, granted Rome a Tribute, 
Yearly three thou^nd pounds^ which by thee lately 
Is iefc untender'd^ 

^^en. And, Co kill the marvail. 
Shall be fo ever. 

Clot. There be many Cafars^ 
Ere fuch another Julius : Britaine is 
A world by't ielf ^ and we wUl nothing pay 
For wearing our own nofes. 
^jfeen. That opportunity. 
Which then they had to take from's, to refume 
We have again. Remember, Sir, my liege. 
The Kings your anceftors : together with 
The nac*ral ferav'ry of your I(le ; which (lands. 
As Neptun^s Park, ribbed and paled in 
(a) With rocks unskaleable, and roaring waters; 
With Sands, that will not bear your enemies* boats, 

J {a) ffitb r9cks uMikaliahU.—^Oxbii. Editor.^Valg. wiih 
r tmshdiahli.'] 

T 4 But 

2So Cymbblins. 

But fuck them up to th' top-maft, A kind of Conqueft 
Cafar made here, but made not here his brag 
Or, came^ and fawj and overcami. With fhame, 
(The fir((, that ever touch'd him) he was carried 
From off our coaft, 'twice beaten ; and his (hipping^ 
( 'Poor ignorant baubles) on our terrible leas. 
Like egg-fhells mov'd upon their furges, crack'd 
As eafily *gainft our rocks. For joy whereof. 
The izxr^dCaffibelan^ who was once at point 
(Oh, giglet fortune ! ) to mafter Caifar*% fword. 
Mad Lud^% town with rejoicing lires bright. 
And Britons ftrut with courage. 

Clot. Come, there's no more Tribute to be paid. 
Our Kingdom is ftronger than it was at that time i 
and, as I faid, there is no more fuch Cafan\ odber 
of them may have crook'd nofes, but, to own fiidi 
itrait arms, none. 

Cym. Son, let your mother end. 

Clot. We have yet many among us am gripe as 
hard as Caffibelani I do not fay, I am one^ but I 
have a hand.— Why, {Tribute ? Why fhould we 
pay Tribute ? if Cafar can hide the Sun from us with 
a blanket, or put the Moon in his pocket, we will 
pay him Tribute for light ; elfe, Sir, no more Tribute, 
pray you now, 

Cym. You muft know« 
*Till the injurious Roman did extort 
This tribute from us, We were free. Caftans ambitioo. 
Which fweird fo much, that it did almoft ftretch 
The fides o' th* world, againft all colour, here 
Did put the yoke upon*s ^ which to (hake ofl^ 
Becomes a warlike people (which we reckon 
Our felves to be) to do. Say then to C^far^ 
Our anceltor was that Mulmutius^ who 
Ordain'd our Laws, whoie ufe the fword of C^far 
Hath too much mangled ; whole repair and franchife 

1 Poor igMorani baahlfs] Ign9f4int^ for of no vie. 




Shall, by the power we hold, be oar good deed. 
Though Ro$iie be therefore angry : That MuhmiiMS^ 
yf/ho was thefirft of Britaine^ which did put 
His lMt>ws within a golden Crown, and called 
Himrdf a King. 

Iju. Pm forry, CymheUne^ 
That I am to pronounce Augufius Cafar 
(C^foTf that hath more Kings his fervants, than 
Thyfelf doroeftick officers) thine enemy. 
Keceive it from me then.— > War and Confofion 
In Qefar^s name pronounce I 'gainft thee : look 
For Fury, not to be reOfted. Thus defy'd, 
I thank thee for my fdf. 

Cym. Thou'rc welcome, Caius\ 
Thy Cdfar knighted me s my youth I fpent 
Much under him : of him I gathered honour. 
Which he to feek of me again perforce. 
Behooves me *keep at utterance. I am perfed. 
That the Pannonians and Dalmatians^ for 
Their Liberties, are now in arms : a Precedent 
Which, not to read, would fhew the Britons cold; 
So Cafar (hall not find them. 

Jju. Let proof fpeak. 

Clot. His Majefty bids you welcome^ Make pal^ 
time with us a day or two, or longer; If you feek ut 
afterwards on other terms, you (hall find us in our (alt 
water girdle^ if you beat us out of it, it is yours: if 
you fall in the adventure, our crows (hall fare the bet- 
ter for you \ and there's an end. 

Luc. So, Sir. ■■ 

Cym. I know your ma(ler*sj>leafure) and he mine : 
All the Remain is, Welcome. \fixewU. 

z kiif at utcerancc.] /. #• at extreme diftance. 


2J^ C Y >^ BjE I^I Jf £• 



E^iter, Pifanio, reading a hitter. 

Fif. How ? of adultery ? wherefore write ypu not,^ 
What monftcrs have accus'd her ? LeonatusI 
Oh mafter, what a ftrange infeftion 
Is fall'n into thy ear ? what falfe It(^Um^ 
CAs pois'nous-tongu'd, as handed) hath prevailed 

On thy too rea<^y Hearing! 'Difloyal ? no,. 

She's punifh'd for her tru5i.; and undergoes 

More Goddefs-like, than wiferlike» fuch aflaults . 

As would take in fome virtue. " Oh, my mafter ! 

*« Thy mind to hcr's is now as low, as were 

" Thy fortune?. How ? that I (hould murder her?- 

Upon the love and truth and vows, which I 

Have made to thy Compiandl—— I, her ! ■ " htf 

blood ! 
If it be fo to do good fervice, ncvpr 

Let me be counted fcrviceable, -How looj: I, 

That I (hould feem to lack humanity. 
So much as this faft comes to? DoU t he ktter^ 

^at I bavefent ber^ by ber. own command 
Stall give tbee opportunity. ^---^Ihmn^d paper,! 
Black as the ink that's on thee : fenfelefs bauble ! 
Art thou a fcedarie for this a£l, and look'ft 
So virgin-like without ? Lo, hc;rc fhe comes. 

Enter Imogen., 

I'm ignorant in what I am commanded. 

Imo. How now, Pifanio f 

Pif. Madam, here is a letter from my lord. 

Imo. Who! thy lord? that is my lord i>aM/itf : 
' Oh, Icarn'd, indeed, were that aftrolc^r, 

3 Ob, learned, indeed, tven that ajlrolcger &c.] This was a 
very natural thooght. She muft needs be fappofcd, in her dr- 
Cttmflfericcs; to be exucmely folicitous about the/K/«r#; and de- 
fifou* of coming lo it by the affiftance of that fopcrftition. 


That kfiew- the-fli^r%* . a$ I jhk ichfti!^ers c 
H«M lay the Futar^opeo.-r- You good Godfl^ 
Lee what is here POOtain'd.xdiiflioC ioKe» . 
Of mjr lord*s heaUh^.of his conMnc ;-r- yet no(t» . 
That we two arp ^fyoder ( let that .giievethttn I 
Some griefs are medicinable ; .tbatasooQpf tkcm. 
For it doth phy fick love 5-— of hi$ conienc; 
All but in that,-r-Good wax^ thy Jcave^r-Bleft be : 
Yoq bfXB^ tb^t make thefe iockisofjcoupiel ! Loveai^ 
Add meo in dang'rous bonds, pray npcaKkc* 
Though forfeitures you caft in: prifon^ yet . 
You clasp young Cupids tables :, Gods] 

^U St ICE, and your father^ s wrath:, Jbould be take 
J me in bis Ddminim^ could not be Jo cruel tome\ but. 
you^ ob tbe deareft of creatures^ would even renevi me 
witb your eyes. Take notice^ that I am in Cambria, at 
Milford-Havcn : wbatyour own love will^ out of this ^ 
advife you^ follow. So^ be wijhis you all bappinefs^ , 
that remains loyal to bis vow^ and your increajmg in 
love ; Leonatus Pofihumus.. 

** Oh, for a horfe with wing$ I hear'fl: thou, Pifamo ? 

<« He is at MUford^Haven : read and tell me 

** How far 'cis thither. If one of mean afiairs 

^ May plod it in a week, why may not I 

** Glide thither in a day ? then, true Pifamo^ 

" Wholong'ft like me to fee thy lord ; who long'ft, 

«• (Oh, let me 'bate) but not like mc j yet long'ft— . 

<* But in a fainter kind oh, not like me ; 

^* For mine's beyond, beyond-^-^y, and ibeak thick^ 
Love*s counfellor (hould fill the bores of Hearing 
To th' fmothVing of the Senfe — *• How far it is 
*^ To this fame bicfled Milford: and, by th' way» 
^^ Tell me bow Wales was madefo happy, as 
«• T* inherit fuch a haven. But, firlt of all, 
^^ How may we fteal from hence ? and for die gap 

?^ That 

284 Ctmbblinb. 

<< That we flisill make in time^ from our hence going 
«« Till our return, t*excufe— but iirft, how get hence? 
<• Why (hould excufe be boro^ or ere bqgot ? 
•« WcMl talk of that hereafter, Pr*ythee, fpeak^ 
«« How many fcore of miles may we well riae 
•« *Twixt hour and hour ? 

Pif. One fcore 'twixt fun and fun, 
MacUm, 's enough for you t and too much too. 

Im. ^' Why, one that rode to*s execution, man, 
^* Could never go fi> flow : I've heard of riding ws^gen. 
Where horfes have been nimbler than the fands 
^ That run i*th* clock's behalf. But this is fooPry. 
Go, bid my woman feign a fickne(s \ lay. 
She'll home t* her father : and provkle me, prelbit, 
A riding fuit ; no coftlier than would fit 
A FranklitC% houfewife. 

Pif. Madam, you'd beft confider. 

Imo. ' I fee before m^ man : nor here, nor here. 
Nor what enfues, that have a fog in them. 
That I cannot look thro'. Away, I pr*ythee. 
Do as I bid thee ; there*s no more to lay i 
Acceflible is none but Milford way. [Exemii. 

4 nat run i*th* clock's behalf.—] This fentaftical cxprdioB 
flueans no more than fand in an hoor-glafsy afed (o meafure timer 

5 7 A# Before «rf , man : nor ben nor there ^ 
Nor nvbat enjkes^ bu t banfe a fog in iiem. 

Thai I cannot look tbro^.^^^l SSakeJfear (ays (he can fie 
before her, yet on which fide foever (he looks« there is a ibg 
which file cannot fee thro*. This nonfenfe is occafioned hy the 
corrupt leading of, but bave a fog^ for, that bante a fog\ 
and tnen all is plain. I fee before me« (fays (he) for there is no 
UfL on any fide of me which I cannot fee thro*. Mr. TbetMi 
CM^eds to a fog in tbem^ and asks for the Jnkft€ati*o€ f ivbiib 
tbi relative tlural [t mu\ relates. The fublbntlve is placet^ 
implied in the words bere^ tbere^ and lubai tnfues : for not to 
know that SbahJ^ar perjpetoally takes the(e liberties of gramniir« 
is knowing nothing of his anthor. So that thete is no need fat 
his ftiange ftoff of a F^ in Kin. 


CvMBBLlNt. 285 

8 C E N E HL 

Changes to a Fareji with a Cave^ in Wales. 

Enter Belarius^ Guiderius» and Arvlragus. 

Beh * * A Goodly day ! not to keep houfe^ with liich 
^*- « Whofc roof's as lowasours: fee, boys! 
this gate 
Inftruds yoa how t'adore the heav'ns ; and bows yoa 
To OKHming's holy office. Gates of aionarchs 
Are archM to high, that Giants may jet through 
And keep their impious Turbands on, without 
Good morrow to the Sun. Hail, thou feir heaven ! 
We houfe i*th* rock, yet ufe thee not to hardly 
As prouder livers do. 
Quid. Hall, heaven! 
jtrv. Hail, heav'n! 

BeL ^ Now for our mountain (port, up to yond hill^ 
' Your I^ are young : I'll tread thefe fiats. Confider, 
' When you, above, perceive me like a crow, 
^ That it \% place which leflens and fets ofF; 

* And you may then revolve what tales I told you, 
^ Of Courts, of Princes, of the tricks in war 1 

* That fervice is not fervice, to being done, 
« But being fo allowed. ^ To apprehend thus, 

* Draws us a profit from all things we fee : 
< And often, to our comfort, fliall we find 

6 Amiif iof! noi u ketp boufit witbfucb 
Wb9fi rooJTs AS Uw as ours : ] Tkc paflage aboTe was t 

liberty af grammar i bat this is a liberty *witb gramsMar, The 
meaning 1% it is not for fuch as as who live in a cottage, to keep 
within doors on fo fine a day. 

7 ■ 7§ affrebeni tbas^ 
Dranus us a profit from all tbings 'we fee {\ The obfcrving 

Natare in this view, gave birth to a very fine book of one of the 
suififi men of this age ; which was unjaiUy ridiculed by one of 
the wittiejl, 

« The 

The ftiardcd beetle in a fafcr Jiold, 
Than is the full-wing'd eagle. Oh, this life 
Is nobler than attending for a check ; 
Richer, ' than doing nothing for a:bauble ; 
Prouder, than ruftling in unpaid-for fijk : 
Such gain the cap of him, that makes them fine. 
Yet keeps his book uncrorfsfd ; no life to ours. 
Guid. ' Out of your proof yotf ipcak ; we, poor, 

Have never wing*d from vife^ o'th* lieft ; nor kfiovtr. 
What air's from home. Hap*ly,' this life is bcft. 
If quiet life is bed} fleeter to you. 
That have a (harper known : well cdrreiponding 
With your ftiff age ; but unto us, it is 
A cell of ign'rance & travelling a-bed ; 
A prifon, for a debtor that not daiies 
To ftride a limit. 

jfrv. • Whatfhould wefpcakof, . 
When we are old aS you ? when we (hill hear 
The rain and wind beat dark DeeepAer ? how. 
In this our- pinching Cave, fhall we dilcourie 
The freezing hours away ? We hav^ ieen nothii^; 
WeVe beaftly ; fubtle as the fox- for prey. 
Like warlike as the wolf, for what we eat : 
Our valour is to chafe what fiies ; our cage 
We make a choir, as doth the priibn'd bird. 
And fing our bondage freely. 
BeL * How you fpcak ! 
Did you but know the city's ufuries. 
And felt them knowingly ; the art o*th' Court, 
As hard to leave, as keep ; whofe top to climb, 
Is^ certain falling; or fo fljpp'ry, that 
Tht fear's as bad as falling ; the toil of war ; 
A pain, that only feems to leek out danger 

9 .^....^ ibau doing notiimg fir a bauble ;] i. e. vain titlo 
of honour gained by an idle attendance at Coon. Bat the Oxford 
Editor rea£» fir a irih* 

• C Y^ M B E L I Vl E. 2'^ 

* • 

'•^I'th*' rtamc oEfethearid hbndut s ' Which dies r A* 

^ And hath' as bfr a lland'^us cpltaj^h, 

* As rcfcord of fair aft ; ndy, many iirhe, 

• Doth *ill d^fervc, by -doing Wdl : ' what's worfe, 

« Muft €urt*fie^iat tht tenfure :— " Oh, boys, this ftbry 
•* The wdrld may rtdd in me: my body's mark'd 
•' With R^mm v^oi&t ; land my^ Report was once 
" Firft ' v^^ith the beft of note. Cymb'elihe lov»d me ; 
♦* And When a ibidfcr was' the thcam, my name 
** Was not faf off: then Was I ias a; tree, 
** Whofe bbtighs did bend withfruit. But, in* otic 

** A (term; or robbery, call it whatyoir will, 
** Shook down niy mellow hangings, nay, my leaves ; 
** And left me bare to weather. . 

Guid. Uncertain favour ! 

Bel. "My fault being nothing, as I hive told you 
But that two villains (whofe falfe oaths prevail'd 
Before my per fed honour) fwore to Cymbdine^ \ 
1 was confederate with the Romans ; fo, 
FoUow'd my banifhment^ and, this twenty years. 
This rock and thefe demeafnes have been my wof'ld ; 
Where I have liv*d at honeil freedom ; pay'd t 
More pious debts to heaven, than in all 
The fore-end of my time. — But, up to th' mountains! 
This is not hunters' language j he, that ftrikcs 
The venifon firft, fhall be the lord o*th' feaft 5 
To him the other two fhall minifter. 
And we wiU fear no jpoiibn, which attends 
In place of greater State: 
ril meet you in the valleys. [Exeunt GxxxA. and hxvvc. 

How hard it is to hide the ^rks of nature ! 
Thefe boys know little, they are Sons to th' King ; 
Nor Cymbeline dreams, that they are alive. 



288 Cymbe^Jne* 

They think, they're mine, • i^\ tnuned up thtf 

Tth* Cave, wherein they bow, their thoughts do hic^ 
The roof of Palaces i and nature prompts them. 
In fmiple and low things, to prince it, much 
« Beyond the trick of others. This Paladmor^ 
(The heir of CytnieBne and Briiaine^ whom 
The King bis father call'd GuideriuSj) Jmt I 
*« When on my three- foot-ftool I fit, and tell 
«« The warlike feats Pve done, his fpirits fly out 
« Into my ftory : fay, thus mine enemy fell, 
« And thus I fct my foot on's neck— even then 
«« The princely blood flows in his cheek, he fwcats, 
«« Strains his young nerTes,and putshimfclfinpotoic 
♦• That afts my words* - The youn^ broAfcr 

(Once, Arviragus^) in as like a figure 
Strikes life into my fpeech, and (hews much more 
His own conceiving. Hark, the game is rouzfd— , 
Oh Qmbeline ! heaven and my confcience know. 
Thou didft unjuftly banilh me: whereon. 
At three and two years old, I Hole thefc babes ; 


g , /V irAinni up thus mtanljf 

Ttb^ Canft, THERB ON THE B»OW,— ] TfaB oU dBdOBI 

tead rtb^ Cflvtf WHBEEOM the bow; which tho* very cor- 
rupt^ will dirca us to the trac reading, which what xighdy 
IM^tted, is thas, 

- _ th* trained up thus meanly. 

Ftb^ C^ve WU^^Elfi THBY BO W 

i. e. thus meanly brought op. Yet in this Tcrjr Carc^ winch i^ 
fo low that they muft bow or .bend in entering it, yet arc 
their thoughts fo exalted, fif f . This is the antithefis. Bil^ruu 
had fpoken before of the lowoefs of this cave. « 

A goodfy day! not tfi ktep boufe with /keh 
Wbofe fOoTs as low as ours : fny boys ! this gaii 
Jnftruas you hovx t^adire tbs heavens ; and bows ym 
7*0 morning's holy office. 

\ Beyond tbi XAA of others. ] Trick, for caftonJ, hi»< 

. Thinking 

Cymbblinb. 289 

jiig to bar diee of fucccffion, as 
Thou reft'ft mc of my lands. Euripbile^ 
TIkm waft ckeir aurfe ; they uke thee for their mother. 
And every day do honour to thy Grave ; 
My felf Belariusj that am Morgan call'd) 
They take for natural father. The game's up. [Exit. 


Enter Yi^io^ and Imoffxi. 

Imo. Thou u>ld*ft me, when we came from horie, 
the place 
Was n&u- at hand. Ne'er long'd my mother {q 
To lee me firft, as I have xMOW'^'^Pifamo^ 
Wliere is Pqftbums 9 What is in thy mind. 
That makes thee ftare thus ? wherefore breaks that 

From tb* Inward of thee i one, but painted thus^ 
Would be interpreted a thing perplexed 
Qfyood (elf^explication. Put thy fejf 
Loco a 'haviour of lefi fear, ere wilderaefi 

Vanquiih my ftayder fenfes- what's the matter ? 

Why teodcr'ft thou that paper to me, with 
A look untender ? if 't be fummer news, 
fimtle xxfi before \ if winterly, thou need*ft 
But keep chat countenance ftill. My husband's hand > 
That 4ru]^-damn'd Italy hath out-crafcied him, . 
And he!s at focpe hard point* Speak man \ thy tongue 
May 'ta)ce off fomc $^cremi|:y, which to read 
Would be e'en mortal to me. 

Pif. Pleafe you, read ; 
And you fliari find m^, wretched man, a thipg 
The ms^ft diidain'd of fortune. 

Imogen reads. 

n^HTmiJlrefs^ Vxhmo^ hath pla/d thefiruwfet in wff 

'^ hed: the ujimwifs whereof hi Utedklg in me* I 

Vot.'Vit U fpeak 

290 Cymbblin** 

ffeak not out of fjoeakfurmifis^ hut from proof asfirmig or 
wy griefs mi as certain as I expeH my revenge. Thai 
part tboUy Pifanio, muft aStfor me. If thy faith be not 
tainted with the breach of hers^ let thine hands take awof 
J>er life : IJhallgive thee opportunity at Milford-Havpn. 
She bath my letter for tkepurpofe \ wherCy if thou fear 
to ftrike^ and to make me certain it is done^ thou art 
tbe Pander to her dijhonour^ and equalfy to me dijhyal. 

Pif. « What (hall I need to draw my fword ? the 

Hath cut her throat already. — No, 'tis flander; 
Whofe edge is fharpcr than the fword, whoie tongue 
Oac-venoms all the worms of Nile ; whofc breath 
Rides on the pofting winds, and doth belye 
Ail corners of the world. Kings, Queens, and ftat^ 
Maids, matrons, nay, the fecrets of the Grave 
This viperous (lander enters. What chear. Madam i 
Imo. ^ Falfe to his bed ! what is it to be falfe ? 
To lye in watch there, and to think on him ? 
To weep 'twixt clock and clock ? if fleep charge 

To break it with a fearful dream of him. 
And cry my felf awake? that falleto's bed! 
Pif Alas, good lady ! 

Imo. I falfe i thy confcience witne(s, lachtmo^^^-"'^ 
Thou did(t accufe him of incontinency, 
Thou <hen look'dd like a villain : now, methinks. 
Thy favour's good enough. * Some Jay of Itafy 
(' Whofe meether was her painting) hath betrayM him: 


2 Some Jay 0/ Italy] There it a prettineft in 
this expreffion, Putta^ in Italian^ ikgnifying both, a Jwf and a 
Wbort. I foppofe from the gay feaihers of that bird. 

3 IVhoft MOTH I R *was htr fainting ] This piUBziet Mr. 
neoMd much : he chinlcs it may (xgnify moho/e mother ovat a bird 
of tbe fame feather ; or that it (bould be read, whofe mother wot 
her planting. What all this means I know- not. In Mr. Ronit . 
edition the M in mother happening to be reverfrid at the picfi, it 
came oat Wotber. And what was Tery ridiculous^ GiUom em- 




Poor I am ftale, a garment out of falhion ; 

Aod^ for I'm richer ehan to hang by th' walls^ 

I mud be ripe : to pieces with me: oh. 

Men's vows are womens* traitors. — All good Seeming 

By thy revolt, oh husband, fhail be thought 

Put on for viliany : not born, where't grows i 

Bat worn, a bait for ladies. 

Pif. Madam, hear me— 

Imo. * True honeft men being heard, like falie 

• Were in his time thought falfe : and Sinof^^ Weeping 

* Did fcandal many a holy tear; took pity 

• From moft true wretchednefi. ♦ So thou, Poftbumus^ 

* Wilt lay the leven to all proper men ; 

* Goodly, and gallant, Ihall be falfe and perjar'd, 

• From thy great fail. Come, fellow, be thou honeft. 
Do thou thy matter's bidding : when thou ieeft him, 
A little witoeis my obedience. Look ! 

I draw the fword my felf, take it, and hit 
The innocent manQon of my love, my heart ; 
Fear not, 'tis empty of all things, but grief i 

plofed htmfelf (pniperly enough indeed) in finding a mcaniiig for 
It. In ihort, the tree word isicssTHia, a north coontry word, 
fignifying beauty. So that the fenfe ofy her meetber muat btr 
fainting^ is, chat ihe had on]y an appearance of beauty, for 
which ihe was beholden to her paint. 
4 ■ B9 tbou^ PotthumuSt 

IVilt Uy ibi levin to all prvper mem ;] When Poftbumus 
thought his ivife ^Ife, he unjulUy fcandalized the whole fex. * Hit 
wife here, under the fame impreflions of his infidelity » attended 
with more provoking circumftances, acquits his fex, and lays the 
fiuilc where it was due. The poet paints from nature. This is 
life and manners. The man thinks it a diihonour to the fupe- 
riority of his underltanding to be jilted, and therefore flatten his 
▼aoity into a conceit that the dilgraoe was inevitable from the 
Ctneral infidelity of the fex. The woufian, on the contrary, not 
imagining her credit to be at all atfededin the matter, never ieeks 
oat for {c extravagant a coofolation $ but at once eafes her malice 
and her grief, by laying the crime aaddanyigc a| the door oi fume 
ofaiKttiolu coquet. 

U 2 Py 


293 : C YMBBLlIN'B. 

Thy mailer b not tlmre$ whoi was iniMi^ 
The riches of it. Do his Biddings ftrike 1 
Thou may'ft be valiant io a better caufef 
Bat now thou feem'ft a coward. 

Pif. Hence» vile inftrument ! 
Thou ihalt not damn my hand. 

Imo. Why, I mud: die 1 
Ands if I do not by thy hand, thou art 
No fervant of thy nsaftipr's. 'Gainft felf41aii^t0r ' 
There is a prohibition fo divine, 
< That craveas my weak hand : tomt^ liere^^- i^r 

icait— — 
(Some^g's afere*r) — Ihii, Ibfc^ we'll «> dflfim^f 

Obedient as die fesibbard !--H«^What ia Jifcm? 
The Scriptores of the \oyik Leonaius 
AU i»rn*d to Herefie ? away, away;^ 

[Pullifi^ his laterfs Ml ^Im^i^fm. 
Corrupters of my feidi 1 you ihaH no more' 
Be ftoiiiacha*s to my heart: thus msf {amr Sigia 
Believe falfeteadiera: tfaof thofe, tfaacareiaeoi^rr^ 
Do feel the treafon fliarply, yet the traifeor 
Stands io worfe cafe of woe. And tiieiH 
That fet my difobedience 'gainft the Kid^, - 
And mad'il me put into contempt thehiits 
Of princely fellows, (halt hereafter find^ 
It js no aft of common paflage, but 
A Itraiti. of rarenefs : and I grieve my ftlf. 
To chiokv lirlteti thou (halt be dil^edg'd by lier 
Whom now thou dr^ft on, how thy meoMry 

Will then be pangM by me. ^^Pr'ythee, dilDSOch * 

The lamb enti^acs the butcher^ Where's thy J^nife f 
Thou art too flow to do thy mailer's bidding. 
When i^dtfire it«>o. 
Tif. O.gracioosiady! 

5 fttircfiwtit mf nkfiiti Hffid:] f . #• nakes talc % comrA. 


Ctm8 exim e. 293 

Since I reorivM command to do tlw bofinefi* 
I Yotre Boc ikpt one wink. 
Inw. Do*c, nnd'iofaHJ then. 
Pi/, ril break mine c^e-balls Mt. 
Imp, Ah, -^RFherefare i!oen 
Didfl:«iademke ki why iwft thou cbcisM 
So nouiy jniks, vmh a ^Dctonce t this place ? 
Mine adion ? 4Um1 tbioe own ? our hoHes' Jabour f 
The time inviting thee ? the perturbed Court, 
For my being ablent ? whereunoo I «euer 
Poipoie Return. Why bift thou >gone <b fkr^ 
To be unbent, when thou haft ta'en thy ftattd, 
Th^ietaODd/deer^ofore okoe i 

Pif. Bit to twin time 
To lofe fo bad emplDymem, in ^he which 
I have Gonfidet^d of a couHe s good lady. 
Hear me with patience. 

/iw. TaHc thy tongue weary, fpeak, 
IVe heard, 1 am a firunipdt ; «nd mine 'ear 
(Therein fatfe flruck) can 4ake no greater wound. 
Nor Wat ta baiiom Tfaas. But, fpaak. 

Pi/. Then, >Madaiii, 
I thooghtyifou wottki not back again. 

im. MiKftlike, 
Bringing tte bene 4o kill me. 

pjf. i^ot fe neither i 
But if I were -as wife as honaft, «ben 
My purpofe would prove well ; it cannot be. 
But tnat my mafter is abosM ; feme villain. 
And lingufar in his art, hath done you both 
This curled injury. 
Jmo. Some Rtmum Oatttta n ' i " ■ 
Pi/. No, on my life, 
ni give him notice you are dead, and fend him 
Some bloody (ign df it : for *tis comqianded, 
I Ihould do fo. You ihall be miis^djit Courts 
fi&ad that will well confirm it« 

U3 im. 

294 Cymbsline. 

Imo. Why, goed fellow^ 
What fhall I do the while ? where 'bide? how live? . 
Or in my life what comfort, when I am 
Dead to my husband ? 

Pif^ If you'll back to th* Court 

Imo. No Court, no Father ; nor no more ado 
With that harlh, noble, (imple. Nothing, Cbim: 
That Cloten^ whofe love*>fuit bath been to me 
As fearful as a Hege. 

Pif. If not at Court, 
Then not in Bfiiaine muft you 'bide. 

Imo. Where then ? 
Hath Britaine all the Sun that ihines ? D^y, night, 
Are they not but in Britaine f WW world's volume 
Our Britaine feems as'of it, but not in it; 
In a great pool, a fwan's neft. Pr'ythce, think,. 
There's living out of Britaine. 

Pif. I'm moft glad. 
You think of other place : th* Ambaflodory -. 
Lucius the Roman^ comes to Milford- Haven 
To morrow. ' Now, if you could wear a Mien 
Dark as your fortune is, and but difguiie 
That, which, t'appear it felf, muft not yet be» 
But by felf-danger ; you fhould tread a courfe 
Pretty, ^ and full of view i yfca, haply, near 
The refidence of Pofthumus ; fo nigh, at leaft. 
That though his actions were not vifibie, 

JVotv, if you could Vi3iar tf mind 

Dark as your fortune //,— r] What had the darkne/s of her 
mind to do with the concealment of perfon, whieh is the only 
thing here advifed } On the contrary, her mind was to continue 
uncbinged, in order to fopport her change of fortane. SbmhJ^ar 

Ne*u:, if you could ivear a miev. 

Or according to the French orthography, from whence I prefume 
grofe the corruption ; 

Now^ if you could ^wear « minb. 

J — - and full ofvitw i— ] i. ?. likely to prove fuccefifiil, • 

Cyubeline. 295 

Report (hould j^nder him hourly to ywr cart 
As truly as he moves. i 

Imo. 0:i ! for fuch means. 
Though peril to my modefty, not death on't 
I would adventure. 

Pif. Well then, here's the point: 

* You mufl: forget to be a woman ; change 

* Commaad into obedience ; fear and niceneis 

* (The handmaids of ail women, or, more truly, 

* Woman its pretty fclf,) to waggiih courage ^ 

* Ready in gybes, quick-anfwer'd, faucy, and 

^ As -quarrellous as the weazel: ' nay^ you muHr 

* Fprget that rareft creafure of your cheeky 
^ Expofing it (but, oh, the harder Hap ! 

^ Alack, no remedy) to the greedy touch 

* Of comaion-kiQing Titan ; and forget 

* Your labourfome and dainty trims, whercio 
^ You made great Juno angry. 

Imo. Nay« be brief: 
I fee into thy<nd, and am almoft 
A mai> aliieady. 

Pif. Firft, make your fclf but like one. 
Fore- thinking this, 1 have already iir, 
CTis in my^gloak-bag) doublet, hat, hofe, all 
That anfwer to them. 'Would you in their (erving. 
And with what Imitation you can borrow 
From youth of fucha feafon, 'fore noble LmcIus 

S ■ nay^ y»u muft 

Forget thai rareft treafuri of your cheek i 
Expofing it, {hut oh the harder Heart, , 

Aiack^ no remuly) ] Who does thi> harder Heari ffigite 

-to ? Pojihnmus is noc here iaik*d of; beiide^, he knew nothing of 
her being thas expos'd to the iDcleinencies of weather : he had 
enjoinM a coarfe, which would have fecar*d her Crom thefe in* 
cidental havdihips. I think, common fenfe obliges us to read. 

But, oht the harder Hap \ 

A. #. the jnoK cruel your fgrumc, that fou mail be obliged to 
^cb ilufb. 

U 4 Prefent 

3g6 Cr MB 1 LIN Ei 

Prefent your fdf, defire he fervice, tdl him 
Wherein you're happy ; (which will make him (4)id^ 
If that his head have ear in mafick ;) doubtlei^ 
With joy he will embrace you ( 7or he's honolinibte, 
And» doubling That, moft holy. » Your meai^ 

You have me, rich ; and I will netrer fail 
B^inning, norfupply. 

imo. Thou'rt all the comfort 
The Gods will diet me with. Pr'ytbee, away. 
There's more to be confidcr'd ; but we'll even 
All that good time will give us. ' This attempt 
Pm foldier to, and will abide it with 
A Princess courage. Away, I pr'ythce. 

Pif. Well, iMadam, we muft talceaihort £utwel; 
Left, being mifs'd, I be fufpedtcd of 
Your carriage from the Court. My noble Miftrefi, 
Here is a box % I had it from the Queen, 
What's in't is precious: if you're uck at/ea. 
Or ftomach-qualm'd at land, a dram of this 
Will drive away diftemper— — To ibme Ihade, 
And fit you to your manhood ; may the Gods 
Dired you to the beft ! 

Into. Amen : I thank thee. lExetaU^ fiveraJtf, 

p ■ tcMT means abr$md 

Tou ha^e me^ rich ; ■ ■ ] /. e. you may depend npoa ps/ 
fupplying you to the utmoft bf my power. 
I 7^// attempt 

Pm foUter to,* ] /. e. I have inlifted and bound my 

felf to it. 

*~ ' 

[ («) /f. Mr. fbetbt U ... Vulg. knaw.\ ' 


S C E N E V. 
Ciimga to the Pabcit '9f OftHd^nt. 

EtUer Cyittbcluic^ Simen, Clottn, iMm^mtdLiFA, 

Qfw.nrHUS Ut, and fo fercwel. 
X iJu. Thanks, royal Sin 
My Emperor hath wrote x \ mdl fr6tfi Heindc; 
And art tight *lbitjr, that 1 rhuft feport ye 
My mafter's diciti;^. 

Q^*i. Our dA>jc<9s, iir. 
Will not endure his yoak ; and fdr our ftlf 
To fhcw le6 So wdgnty than they, muftta^edi 
Appear iln-kingtike. 

Iju. S6, Sir : I delire 6i you 
A conddtt over lafld, to J^Jford-Uaoen. 
Madam, aH joy bcfal your Grace, and you f 

Cym. Mj lords, you are appointed for that office % 
The due of Honour in no point omif : 
So, farewel, noble Ludus^. 

Luc. Your hand, my Lord. 

Qot. Receive it friendly ; but from this time fordi 
I wear it as your enemy. 

Luc. Th* event 
Is yet to name the winner. Fare you well. 

Q^. Leave n6t the worthy Lucius^ good my Lord% 
'Till he have croft the SrVem. Happinefs ! 

lExif Lucius, (^c. 

^en. He goes hence frowning j but it honours us. 
That we have feiv*n him aiufe. 

Clot. 'Tis all the better; 
Your valiant Briians have their wifhes in it. 

Cym. Lucius hath wrote already to the Emperor^ 
How it goes here. It fits us therefore ripely, 
'Our chariots and our horfemen be in readinels; 
The Powers, that he already h^h in CalUaj 



Will loon be drawn Co head, from whence he mova 
His war for Britaine. 

^en. *Tis not fleepy bufin^ f 
But muil be lookM to fpcedily, and (Irongly. 

Cym. Our expedtation, diac it fhould be thus» 
Hath made Qs forward. But, my gentle Queen, 
Where is our Daughter ? She hath not appear'd 
Before the Ronum^ nor to Qs hath tendered 
The duty of the day. She looks as like 
A thing more made of malice, than of duty 5 
We've noted it. Call her before us, for 
We've been too light in fufierance. [Exit a Servant. 

^een. Royal Sir, 
Since the exile of Poftbumusj moft retired 
Hath her life been j the cure whereof, my lord, 
•Tis time muft do. •Bcfccch y^ur Majefty, 
Forbear (harp fpeechcs to her. She's a lady 
So tender of rebukes, that wofds are ftrokcs. 
And ftrokes death to her. 

Re-enter ^ the Servant. 

* * 

Cym. Where is (he. Sir? how 
Can her contempt be anfwer*d i 

Serv. Pleafc you. Sir, 
Her chambers are all locked, and there's no anfwer 
That will be given to th' loudeft noife we mike. 

^ueen. My lord, when lad 1 went to vilit her. 
She pray'd me to excule her keeping clofe % 
Whereto conftrain'd by her infirmity. 
She Ihould that duty leave unpaid to you. 
Which daily (he was bound to proffer ; this 
She wifh'd me to make known j but our great court 
Made me to blame in mcm'ry. 

Cym Her doors lock'd ? 
Not fcen of late ? grant heav'ns, That, which I fear, 
Prove fallc! [£xf/. 

^^en. Son, I fay, follow the King. 



Gip/. That man of hers^ Pipmai her old Icrvant, 
I have not icen thefe two days« [^Exit. 

^een. Go, look after 

Pifamo^ thou that ftand'ft fo for Pojtbumus /-*— 
He hath a drug of mine ; I pray, his abfence 
Proceed by fwallowing That) for he believes. 
It is a thing mod precious. But for her. 
Where is flie gone ? haply, defpair hath feiz*d her i 
Or, wingM with fervor of her love, ihe^s flowo 
To her defir'd Pqftbumus *, gone (be is 
To death, or to diflionour i and my end 
Can make good uTe of either. She being down, 
I have the placing of the Britijb crown. 

Re- enter Cloten. 

How now, my Ton? 

CM. *Tis certain, (he is fled. 
Go in and cheer the King,, he rages, none 
Dare come about him. 

.^en. All the better; may 
This night fore-ftall him of the coming day I 

lExil S^ueen, 

Clot. I love, and hale faer^-— ^for fhe*s fair and 
* And that (he hath all courtly parts more exquifice 
Than lady Ladies \ winning from each one 
The beft (he hath, and (he of all compounded 

2 jtnd thai fit bath all court fy parts more ex^ifitt 
Than lajfy Ladies woman ; from each one 

7he heft fie bat b^ ] The fecond line is intolerable non- 

{enle. It ihould be read and pointed tliii8» 

Thau lady Ladies i w i zi N i N o from each ome «— ^ 

The fenfe of the whole it this, 1 love her becaufe (he has, in a 
more exquifite degree, all thofe court!/ paru that enoble [l^df^ 
wooaen of quality ^ladiesi\ *wimning from each of them the beH 
of their good quahties, (sc Lady is a plural verb, and Ladies 
n noun governed of it i a quaint expreflioa in ShakeffearhmzY^ 
ind fultiflg the folly of the character. 



^^6 C y MB B L 1^ n. 

(yjt4Ah 6itfn m : I hvt ^er Ihereftift y 
Difdahiing mc, and throvrtfig lavdori dA 
The low Poftbumus^ (landers ^ ber joiigttmit^ 
That what's dfe tare, is choked ; and iti thw ptUt 
I will conclude CO tiate lier, nay, indeed. 
To be re^ng^ i^n her. ¥ot when ftoli 
Shall > 


Who is here? ^at! are ytou ptdkii^ ^irak? 
Come hither ; ah ! you precious pander, yilkun. 
Where b thy lady ? in a word, or elfe 
Thou'rt ftraightway with the fiends. 

[DrMttRf his Smtrl 

Pi/. Oh, wy gcMd foird ! 

Clot. Where is thy lady? or, by Ji^pi^r^ 
I will not ask ^in. Qofe ^llaiini 
I'll have this focreft from thy heart, or r\p • 
Thy heart to find it. Is Ihe with Ptfibumus ? 
From whofc h many weights of bafenofs cannot 
A dram of worth be drawn. 

Pif. Alas, my l6rd. 
How can file be with him? when was flie 
He is in Rome. 

Clot. Where is (he. Sir? come nearer v 
No farther halting -, (atbfie me home. 
What is become of her. 

Pif. Oh, my all- worthy lord! 

Clot. All-Worthy villain ! 
'Difcover where thy miftrefs is, at once^ 
At the next word \ no more of wortiy krd. 
Speak, or thy filence on the inftant is 
Thy condemnation and thy death. 


■ r^ 

Pif. Tims Sbv 
ThJi paper is d^ hiftory 9f my koovlcdgt 
Touching lier lig|bc« 

Chi. Ltc's foe^e i I trill purfue her 
Ev'n to 4ugi(fiuy chioMk 

P^ Or cbiv Of peridv ^ 

Slie^s fiu: enough) wd ivhal he learos i^ thb» >4l^# 
May prove his* cmYd, sot her dasgor. ^ 

£&/. Hiinh« 

Pif. VW write to ny k«d» (he'adead. Ob^ > 

Safe laay'ft cboo wander, iafe Mum aeaia! > 

CZftf. Sirrah, is this Jecter true? 

Cht. Sir, as I think. 

Cb^. h n Ptfiimmus'% Jund, I lamw't Simk^ if 
thou woitkl'ft not be a villain, but do me true ienrioci 
* undergo thofe employments, wherein I &aKild biw 
cauie to ufe thee, with a ferious indu{hy.i^ that if, 
what villany feeder I bid thee do, to perform it direft- 
]y and truly, I would think thee ih9 mocftiMBi thM 
ihouldft neither want my oie^na &r ^y relief, oor 
my voice fcrihy prdfarmeni. 

Pif. Wdl, my good lord. 

Clot. Wilt thou iarve noe? lor fince pali«0t(y %nd 
coi^ntlv diou baft (iMck le die bai? faffuoe of t^at 
tKggar Pifihmuh ^^^oi^ can'ft not in the t»iH^ ^ 
gmtitude but ^ a diMgfiH foUowtr fni ipiae. Wilf 
ebon ierve me ? 

Pif. Sir, I wiy. 

Ckn. Give me |by hwd, bera'« my purft. find 
My of tby Umt mafter'^ g^rmeats in \hy pfiij^ffiottf 

Pif. 1 iiave> my k>rd, at oiy Ipilgingt tbe ^mt^ 
fuit he wore ^ff^snw he tools kave •eif my Ny ap^ 

Cloi. The firft fervice thou doft n)e, facb that fuit 
hither y let it be tby Grft fervicc, go^ 

P{/; I fliall, my lord. 




Cht. Meet thee at Mlford'Haoent'-^(\ forgot tm 
ask him one thing, D) remember*t anon ;) even there, 
thou villain Pqftbumus^ will I kill thee. I would, thefe 
garments were come. She (aid upon a time, (the bit- 
ternefs of it I now belch from my heart,) that ihe held 
the very garment of Poftbumus in more refpeft than 
my noble and natural perfon, together with the adorn- 
ment of my qualities. With that fuit upon my back 
will I ravifli her -, firft kill him, and in her eyes— 
(there (hall fhe fee my valour, which will then be a 
torment to her contempt.) He on the ground, mj 
fpeech of infukment ended on his dead body;, 
and when my luft hath dined, ("whkh, as I fay, to 
vex her, I will execute in the cloaths that (he ib prais*d) 
to the court Til kick her back, foot her home again. 
She hath defpifed mc rejoycingly, and Pil be merry 
in my revenge. 

ErUer Pifanio, with a fuit of cbatbs. 

Be thofe the garments ? 

Pif Ay, my noble Lord. 

dot. How long is't fmce (he went to Milfori- 

Pif. She can fcarce be there yet. 

Clot. Bring this apparel to my chamber, that ti 
the fecond thing that I have commanded thee. The 
third is, chat thou wilt be a voluntary Mute to my 
defign. Be but duteous, and true preferment (hall ten- 
der it(clf to thee. My revenge is now at Miiford^ ' would 
I had wings to follow it ! come and be true. [Exit. 

Pif 'Thou bidd'ft me to my lofs: for true to thee, 
Were to prove falfe, which I will never*be. 
To him that is moft true. To Milford go. 
And find not her, whom thou purfu'ft. Flow, flow, 

2 Thou bidd'ft mi to my lofs : ] ' A phrafe taken from traffic, 

hj which the feller would Signify, diac the buyer ofikrsicfs duui 
eke thing upon fale coft. v < 




Teu beav'nly Bleffingi on her! this fool's fpeed 

Be CK^ with flownefs } labour be his meed ! [Ea^f. 


Changes to the Foreft and Cave. 

Enter Imogen, in bey's cloatbs. 

hm. f See, a man's life is a tedious one : 

1 I've tir*d myfelfj and for two nights 
Have made the ground my bed. ^' I (hould be fick. 
But that my relblution helps me. Milford^ 
When from the mountain top Pifamo ihew'd thci, 
" Thou waft within a ken.— OJoy^, I think, 
^' Foundations fly the wretched ; fuch, I meao, 
•* Where they Ihould be relieved. Two beggars 

•* told me, 
•* I could not mife my way. WiH poor folks li^ 
*' That have afflictions' on them, knowing 'tis 
** A punilhmenc, or tryal? yes 5 no wonder,- 
•* When rich ones fcarce tell, true. To lapft ia 

« fuHnefs 
<* Is ibrer, than to lie for need ; and falfliood ^ 
** is worfe in Kings, than Beggars* My dear lord! 
<< Thou'rt one o' th' ialieones^ now I chink oa 

*' thee, 
•* My hunger's gone ; but ev*n before, I was 
At point to fink for food. But what is this ? 

{Seeing the Cave* 
Here is a path to*t— -*tis fome favage hold i 
•Twere beft, not call ; I dare not call ; yet famine. 
Ere it dean o*er-throw nature, makes it valiant. 
^^ Plenty, and peace, breeds cowards ; hardne/s 

** ever 
Of hardinefs is mother. Ho! who^s here? 




Ct If BELl H f. 

' If any ibing tbaifs dvH) fftak ; if &^BU|ef 
Takft 'or'c end'^^h^! no anfwer ? dMi inTcflUC 
Beft draw my fword ; and if mine enemy 
But fear th^ f^ord lU(e m«, be*U fcarceiy look oo*t. 
Grant fuch a foe, good heavens ! 

[Sbe gots int0 the Cave. 

Enter Belarius, Guiderius, and Anriragus. 

Bel You, Paladattr^ have pro^'d beft mxxlman, and 
Are matter of cbc &^ $ C^^'M^ apd { i 
Witt play tiie moK an4 icipv^nt ; '«$ our matcb: 
The Iweat of induftry would dry, and die. 

But f<y the eod tf worbita Gooie, mr Ihimacb 
Will mtkt wbiit's hmnely £ivQury ; wtmrnA 
Qui fnoce upon cbe tknu wiien refty flotfe 
Finds ttic down pUiaw hard. Now praps be hsTTf 
Poorli^Qiiifti that heep'ft tbyfdf ! 

Qiffd, Vm thonmgbJy wfary. 

Jrv. Pm weak with coil, yet ftrcMlg m uppetite. 

QmJ' Thece is cpld mwt i' cb^ cairr^ m^ hiau» 
pn that, • 

Whilft wbat, veVe kilFd, be (ookM. 

J^. Stay, coiDC pot in— Zltfiihil *• 

«* But that it eats our viftuals, I Ihoirii think, 
•* It were a Fairy. 

(^11^. What's the iM»er, Sir ? 

3 ^ tf 47 #ijrMr» /toV civH, ] cMI, forhomin cmtiie." 

Jjf any thing thmfs civi/, fpeaki if faw^gM^ 

TaAf o«L 1.1N.P. ] ^k^ i^ in dotthc, lyrtM^ lAuti^^ 

the habic^don of a roan or beaft. If it bp tlie i^fxp^, S^\i^ 
him^^Mi ; if the Jatter, that is, the den of auvage hnaA, iw 
Aitm i Tmki Qr Uu4l^ — We (hould read, 

f^ii 'orV #md. ' ' ■ * 

i. f. take xajr life ere fa^e e^d it. Or vm fi^suv^Mihr I|MJ^ 
gre I this agrees to all that went before, (ut t^ Oxfy4 Mm 
cats the knot ; 

7«i*, •ryiiUfi^d 
tgyi he. As if it was poffible fo plain a faience IhonU pm 
have been bl^i|u3w4 «»fiE» f Air 9r y/icitf. 


CirMBBLINE. 305 

Bek By Jiififer^ an angel! or, if not, 
An earthly Pan^n. Behold divinenefs 
No cider than a boy. ■ 

Enfer Imogen. 

. Imo. ^^ Good mafters harm me not ; 
*' Before I entered here, I call*d ; and thought 
** T* have begg'd, or bought, what 1 have took 5 

*^ good troth, 
^^ I have ftoln nought,nor would not, though I'd found 
" GoJd ftrcw'd i* th» floor. Here's mony for my 

•* meat^ 
^^ I would have left it on the board, lb loon 
^^ As I had made my meal ; and parted thence 
" With prayers for the provider. 

Guid. Afoayt youth? \ . 

jfrv. •* Ail gold and filvcr rather turn to dirt ! • 
*' As *cis no better reckoned, but of thofe 

Who worship dirty Gods. 

Im0. " I fee, you're angry : 

Know, if you kill me for my fault, I (houkl 
*' Have dy*d, had I not made it. 

£^L Whither bound ? 

Imo. To AS^d'Haven. 

Bel. What's your name ? 

I$BO. Fidele^ Sir ; I have a kinfman« who 
Is bound for Italy : he embark*d at Milford -, 
To whom being going, almoft fpent with hunger, 
Vm hin in this offence. 

BeL Prythee, fair youth. 
Think us no churls, nor meafure our good minds 
By this rude place we live in. Well encountered ! 
Tis almofl: night, you (hall have better cheer 
Em yOQ depart, and thanks to (lay and ^c it. 
Boys, bid him welcome^ 

Gttid. Were you a woman^ youth, 
I flxHiId wooe hard, but be your groom in honefty ; 

Vol. Vlf. .X I 





I bid for you» as I do buy. 

Jrv. ril* makc'c my cx)mfort, 
He is a man : 1*11 love him as my brother : 
And fuch a welcome as Td give lo him. 
After long abfence, fuch is yours. Mod welcome ! 
Be fprightly, for you fall 'mongft friaids. 

Imo. 'Mongft friends. 
If brothers \ — * Would it had been fo, that they 1 
Had been my father's ions/ (^i) then had my price > 4fi^' 
Been left, and (o more cquai ballancing ' j 
To thee, Pojlbumus. 

Bel. He wrings at fome diftrefs. 

Guid. 'Would I could free't! 

Jrv. Or I, whatever it be. 
What pain it coft, what danger, Gods ! 

Bel. Hark, boys. Iff^J^erv^. 

Imo. Great men^ 
That had a court no bigger than this cave. 
That did attend themfelves, and had the virtue 
Which their own obnicience feaPd them ; laying jiy 
That nothing-gift of ^defering multitudes. 
Could not out-peer thefe twain — Pardon me, Godil 
rd change my fex to be companion with them^ . 
Since I^eonatus is faife. 

Bel. Itlhallbefo: 
Boys, we'll go dre(s our Hunt. F^ir youth, come ifli 
Difcourfe is heavy, failing ; when we'v6 flipped. 
We'll mannerly demand thee of thy ftory. 
So far as thou wilt fpeak. 

Guid. I pray, draw near. 

Arv. The night to th' owl, and morn to th' Jarky 
lefs welcome! 

Imo. Thanks, Sir. 

Arv. I pray, draw near. [£JcMif. 

4 difering] Spelt right by Mr. Tbeohmld. 

[faJ^-'-^then bad ny price^—^mort equal baUancing, CMbni 
Editor*— «Vii2g. iiiM bad ffij frixi*''''^^mQrf equal baliajti^!\ 



Changes to R O M £• 

Enter two ViomzTi Seruaorsj and Tribunes. 

I Sen. T* H I S is the tenor of the Emperor's Writ ^ 
X That fincc the common men are now ia 
'Gainft the Pannonians and Dalmatians^ 
And that the legions now in Gallia are 
Full weak to undertake our war againft 
The fall'n-off Britons ; that we do incltQ 
The gentry to this bufinefs. He creates 
Lucius Pro-conful 5 ^ and to you, the tributes 
For this immediate levy, he commends 
His absolute commifTion. Long hvc Cafar! 

ffi. Is i«f/«j General of the Forces?. 

2 Sen. Ay. 

iri. Remaining now in Gallia ? 

1 Sen. With thofe legions 
Which I have (poke of, whereunto your Levy 
Muft be fuppliant. The words of your commiilion 
Will tic you to the numbers and the time 
Of their difpatch. 

7W. We will difcharge our duty. [Exeunt. 



*jivdtoyou^ tbi trihmnn 

F*r ibh immtdiate ie'vy, he commands 

His ah/oluti commijjion, ] Commands hii commijpton 

Is fach a phrafe as ShakeJ^ear would hardly have us*d. I have 
vcfttar'd tofttbfticarej 

— .. h^ commends 

His abfolute commijffion, — — — 

I. #. he recommends the care of making this levy to jou ; and 
jivcs you an abfolute commifiion for 10 dJng. 

X 2 ACT 

^o8 Cymbelim e. 

A C T IV. S C E N E L 

7i&^ Forejl in Wales. 

Enter Cloten alone. 

I AM near to th' place where they (hould meet, if 
Pifitmo have mapp'd it truly. How fit his gar- 
ments ferve me ! wny ihould his miftrcft, who was 
made by him that made the tailor, not be fit too ? the 
rather, (faving reverence of the word,} becauie, 'cb 
faid, a woman's fitnels comes by fits* Therein I muft 
play the workman \ I dare ipeak it to mjfelf, (for it 
is not vain-gk>ry for a man and his glais to confer in 
his own chamber i) I mean, the lines of my body ait 
as well drawn as his i no lefs young, more ftrong, not 
beneath him in fortune% beyond him in the advantage 
of the time, above him in birth, alike conver&nt in 
general iervices and more remarkable in fingje ofpy 
fitions ; yet this {a) ill perfeverant thing loves him in 
my defpigbL What mortality isl Poftbumus^ thy 
head, which is now growing upon thy (houIder^ 
Ihall within this hour be oiF, thy miflrefs enforc'd^ 
thy garments cut to pieces * before her face ; and all 
this done, ipurn her home to her father, who ouyv 
happily^ be a little angry for my fo rough ufage \ bot 
my mother, having power of his teftinds, (hall torn 
all into my commendations. My horfe is ty'd up 
£ife : out, fword, and to a fore purpole ! fortune put 
them into my hand ; this is the very defcription of 

I bif§r€ T fl r frce^ Pofthumus was to have hit licid 
ftrack off, aiid (hen his garments cue to pieces before his free; 
we ihoold read,— her face, i. e. Imogtu^^^Qnt todefpift hcff» 
who had faid, ihe efteem*d Pofthumus'^ garment above the perTgi 
of Chan. 

[{0) illfirf$virMMt. Oxford Editor — Vulg. imferfevirMML] 

Cymbeline« 309 

their meeting place, and the fellow dares not decei vi^ 

SCENE 11. 

Changes to the Front of the Cave. 

Enter Belarius, Guiderias, Arviragus, and Imogen, 

from the Cave. 

Bel.^ O U are not well : remain here in the aivc > 
X We'll come t* you after hunting. 
Arv. Brother, ftay here: [fi Imogen. 

Are we not brothers ?— — 

Imo. So man and man ihould foe 1 
But clay and clay difiers in dignity, 
Whofc dull is both alike. Pm very fick. 
Gmd, Go you to hunting, TU abide with him« 
Imo. So lick I am not, yet I am noc well % 
But not fo citizen a wanton, as 
To fecm to die, ere fick : fo pleafe you, leave me ; . 
Stkrk to your journal courfe; the breach of cuftom 
Is breach of all. Pm ill, but your being by me 
Cannot amend me. Society is no comfort 
To one not fociable: Tm not very lick. 
Since I can realbn of it. Pray you tru(l me here, 
ril rob none but myfelf ^ and let me die. 
Stealing fo poorly. 

Guid. I love thee : I have fpoke it ; 
How much the quantity, the weight as much. 
As I do love my fother. 
Bel. What? how? how? 
jirv. If it be fin to fay fo. Sir, I yoke me 
In my good brother's fault : I know not why 
I love this youth, and I have heard you lay. 
Love reaibns without reafon. The bier at door^ 
And a demand who is't ihall die, Pd fay. 
My ^ther^ not this youth. 
JSeh Q noble ftrain ! 


^10 C Y MB E LI N !• 

O worthincfs of nature, breed of greatneft ! 
Cowards father cowards, and bafe things (ire the bafe ? 
Nature hath meal and bran ; contempt and grace. 
I'm not their father ; yet who this fliould be. 

Doth miracle itfelf, lov*d before me !■ ■ 

'Tis the ninth hour o* th* morn. 
Jrv. Brother, farewel. 
Imo. I wilh ye fport. 
Arv. You health— —lb pleafe you. Sir. 
Imo. Thefe are kind creatures. Gods, what lies 
I've heard ! 
Our courtiers fay, all's favage, but at court : 
Experience, oh, how thou difprov'ft report,—— 
Th* imperious feas breed monfters ; for the difli. 
Poor tributary rivers as fweet fifli \ 
I am fick ftiH, heart»fick— P(/&»/V, 
rU now tafte of thy drus. \^Drniks c§a cftbe wU 

Guid. I could not ftir nim ; 
He fitid, he was gentle, but unfortunate \ 
Difhoneftly affli^ed, but ye£ hone(t 

Jrv. Thus dkl he anfwer me \ yet lakly hereafter 
I might know more. 

Bel. To th* fieU, to th» field : 
We'll leave you for this time ; go in and reft. 
jtrv. We'll not be k>ng away. 
BeL Pray, be not fick, 
Por you muft be our faou^wtfo. 

Imo. Well or ill, 
I am bound to you»;t?; [Exit Imogen, to the Cave. 

Bel. And fhail be ever. 
This youth, howe'cr diftrefs'd, appears to have bad 
Good anceftors* 

y/rv. How angeHike he fings! 
Gtrid. But his neat cookery! 
j4rv. He cut our roots in characters i ^ 

And &ucM our broth, as Juno had been fick, 
And k^ her dieter. 


Aro. Nobly he yokes • ^ 

A fmiling with a figb, as if the (igh 
Was thftC k was, for not being foch a frmle ; i 

The finile mocking the figh, that it would fly 
From fo divine a temple, to commix 
With winds that faikirs rail at. 

Gmd. I do note. 
That grief and patience, rooted in him both, 
* Mingle their fpurs together. . 

Jlrv. Grow, Patience! 
And let the (linking Elder, Grief, untwine 
His perifhing root, with the encreafing vine \ 

M. It i$ great morning. Come, away: who's 

SCENE lil. 

Enter Clotcn. 

Clot. I cannot find thofe runagates: that villain 
Hath mock'd me.^— -I am faint. 

BtL Thofe runagates! 
Means he not us ? 1 partly know him ; *tis 
Cbten^ the fon o' th* Queen j I fear fome ambufh — • 
I &w him not thefe many years, and yet 
I know, *tis he : weVe held as Out-laws ; hence. 

Guid. He is but one ; you and my brother fcarch 
What companies are near: pray you, away: 
Let me alone with him. 

[Exeunt Belarius ^i»i Arviragus^ 

Clot. Soft ! what are you, 
That fly me thus ? fome villain- mountaineer.— —^ 
Tve heard of fuch. What flave art thou ? 

Guid. A thing 
More flavifh did I ne'er, than anfwering 
A Gifye without a knock. 

a Mifiglit tiiir ffnn together.'] Sfurtt an old woid kt tkt 
librcsofatree. Vtx.tife. 

X4 cut. 


312 C Y M B E L I N E.> 

CloL Thoa art a robber^ 
A law-breaker, a villain; yield tl^e, thief. 

Guid. To whom ? to thee? what art thoa? have 
not I 
An arm as big as thine ? a heart as big ? 
Thy words, I grant, are bigger : for I wear ix»t 
My dagger in my mouth. Say, what thou art. 
Why I ^ould yield to thee ? 

Cloi. Thou villain bale, 
Know'ft me not by my cloaths? 

Guid. No, nor thy tailor, raftal, 
Who is thy grand&tner ; he made thofe cloaths, 
Which, as it feems, make thee. 

QoL Thou precious varlet ! 
My tailor made them not. 

Guid. Hence then, and thank 
The man that gave them thee. Thou art ibaiefixdi 
Vm loth to beat thee. 

Qoi. Thou injurious thief. 
Hear but my name, and tremble. 

Guid. What's thy name ? 

Clof. Claten^ thou villaio. 

Guid. Cloteny then, double viUain, be thy nanie^ 
I cannot tremble at it \ were it toad, adder, (pkler, 
'T would move me fooner. 

Clot. To thy further fear. 
Nay, to thy meer confufion, thou ihalt know 
Tm fon to th* Queen. 

Guid. Pm forry fbr't 5 not fceming 
So worthy as thy birth. 

Clot. Art not afraid ? 

Guid. * Thofe that I rev'rcncc, thofe I fear j th« 
wife : 
* At fools I laugh, not fear them. 

Qot. Die the death \* • 

When I have (lain thee with my proper hand, * 
ril follow thofe that even now fled hence, 


Ctmbslinb« 313 

And on the gates of Im^$ town fet yoar heads ; 
Yldd, ruftkx moiHUaiQeer. C^^^* «»<^ £xnMf. 


Entir Behrius oMd Arviragus. 

B^L No company's abroad. 

jlrv. None in the world i you did mifiake him, fiire, 

BeL I cannot tell: long is it fince I law him. 
But time hath nothing blurred thofe lines of &vour 
Which then he wore ; the fnatches in his voice. 
And burfl of fpeaking» were as his: Tm abfolute^ . 
*Twas very Clot en. 

Arv. In this place we left them ; 
I wKh my brother make good time with hiin» 
You fay he is lb fell. 

BeL Being fcarce made up, 
I mean, to man, he had not apprehenHon 
Of roaring terrors ; for defedt of judgment 
(j) Is oft the cure of fean But fee, thy brother* 

Enter Guiderius, wHb CloctnV Head. 

Gttid. This Cloten was a fool, an empty purfe, 
Th»c was no niony in't ; not Herctdes 
G)uld have knocked out his brains, for he had none : 
Yet I not doing this, the fool had borne 
My head, as I do his. 

BeL What haft thou done? 

Gidd. Tm perfed, what i cuCo!FoneC/(?/^»'s headt^ 
Son to the Queen, after his own report ; 
Who caU*d me traitor, mountaineer, and fwore 
With his own iingle hand he'd take us in ; 
Difplace our heads, where, thanks to tb' Gods, they 

And ^t them on Lud^s town. 

[ (a) h oft the cfin of f tar. Oxford Editor. ^«^Viilg. b rfi 
ibe caufi of fear. 1 




Bel. WeVealiundoMl 

Guid. Why» worthy father* what bare we to lakf 
But what he fwore to take, our lives ? the law 
Procedts not as i then why fhould we be tender. 
To let an arrc^ant piece of flefh threat us ? 
Play judge, and ezeculbnef, all bimfelf ? 
For we do fear the law. What company 
Difcover you abroad ? 
Bel. No ftngle fout 
Can we fet eye on ; but, in all fafe reafbn. 
He muft have fome attendants. ' Though his honour 
"Was nothing but mutation, ay, and that 
From one bad diing to worfe; yet not his frenzy. 
Not abfolute madnefs^ could fo far have rav'd. 
To bring him here alone $ akhough, perhaps. 
It may be heard at court, that fuch as we 
Cave here^ haunt here, are Out-laws, and in time 
May make fome ftrongef head : the which he hearing, 
(As it is like him,) might break out, and fwear. 
He'd fetch us in 5 yet is't not probable 
To come alonc^ nor he fo undertaking. 
Nor they fo fuffering ; then on good groitid we fear, 
If I do fear, this body hath a tail 
More perilous than the head. 

^/•v. Let ordinance 
Come, as the Gods forefay it; howfbe^er. 
My brother hath done welL 

BeL I had no mind 
To hunt this day : the boy Fidek*s ficknefs 
Did make my way long forth. 
Guid. With his own fword. 

Though his honour 

Was nothing hut mutatiou,^-—^'] Mr. ThioialJ, as ufaal, not 
underftanding this» tarns honour to humour. But the text is nAu 
and means that the only notion he had of honoar» waathefrfluQB* 
which was perpetually changing. A fine ftroke of iatixe^ wcB 
expr«(red: ytt At Oxford Etlitor fcUowsMr^nnieU, 


Whidi he did tvatt againft my tbraat; Pve taVn 
His head ftotn him : Til chiaw*t into the cftek 
Bdiind our rock ; and let it to Ae lea» 
And tdl the fifiiesy he's the Queen's fon, Chten. 

♦ ThaA all I leck. [Erit. 

Bel. I fear, 'twill be feveng*d : 

* Would, Paladomr^ thoa hadft not done't! though 

Becomes thee well enough. 

Art). 'Would I had done't. 
So the revenge alone purfc'd me ! IPaUicur^ 
I love thee brotherly, but envy much, 
Thou'ft robb'd me of this deed ; I would, revenges. 
That poflible ftrength might meet, would feek ui thto% 
And put us to our anfwer. 

Bel. Well, 'tis done : 
Well hunt no more to day, nor feek for danger 
Where there^s no profit. IVythee, to our rock^ 
You and Ftdik play the cooks t Til ftay 
'Till haity PaJadMr return^ and bring him 
To dinner prefently. 

Jlrv. FodrRckFidelel 
l^ willingly to him : To gain his cdourt 
' I'd let a marifh of fuch Ooteifs blood. 
And praile mylelf for charity. [ExU^ 

Bel. O thou Goddefiy 
Thou divine Nature! how thy (elf thou blazon'ft 
^ In thefe two princely boys ! they are as genttc* 
' As Zephyrs blowing below the violet, 

4 TO*/'/ ail I reck. ] /. e. care.^ Mr. Ptpf. 

5 Fd let a PARISH of fuch Clotens hhod^ This nonfenfe fhould 
be correded thus» 

Fd let a MARiSH of fuch Cloteot hlmd. 
i. e. a marfh or lake. So Smithy in his account of Firginiot 
ITea Venice, at this time the admiration of the earthy njDas aifirfi 
hui a marifh, inhabited by poorffilpermen. In the firft book of 
Maecahtes^ chap. ix. ver. 4a. the Tratiflators ale tht word iatho 
£^Qe feDfe. 

^ Nor 

3 i 6 C Y M B E L r N E* 

Not wagging his fweet head ; and yet as roughs 
(Thdr royal blood encbaf *d,) as the rud*ft wind» 
That by the top doch take the mountain pine. 
And make him ftoop toth' vale — 'Tis wonderful, 
^ That an inviTible inftindl fhould frame them 
To royalty unlearn'd, honour untaught. 
Civility hot feen from other ; valour. 
That wildly grows in them ; but yields a crop 
As if it had been fow'd. Yet ftill it*s ftrange 

What Cloteris being here to us portends. 

Or what his death will bring us. 

Re-enier Guidcrius. 

Guid. Where's my brother ? 
I have fent Cloten^s dot- pole down the dream, 
In embaffie to his mother ; his body's hoilage 
For his return. IS^lewm rniffidL 

Bel. My ingenious ioftrumenti 
Hark, Paladour I it founds : bur what occafioa 
Hath CadwaU now to give it motion .^ hark ! 

Guid. Is he at home ? 

BeL He went hence even now. 

Quid. What does he mean ?. Since death of my 
dear'ft Mother, 
It did not fpeak before. All folemn thiogg 
Should aofwcr folemn accidence The natter I— — • 

6 TtatoM invifible inftinS-'^^'] Bat where is the wonder tbat 

an hn/ifibU inftinS ihould do this, any more than an imoifhk 

reafomf It appears then that the poet ufes invifihU for falhuL 

And by i/imi inftiuB he means a kina of plaftic natare, afttng as in 

inftrument under the Creator, ^ichonc intention, and then oeit is 

caafe of wonder, that blind infiinQ (hoald do as mQckas>S«y^ 

Jjghiti reafon. One not well acquainted with Sbidtdpemr^i maafler« 

in the licentioafnefs of his language and the profottndneis of Us 

fenfe, would be apt to think he wrote innfincible^ i. #• that bore 

4own all before it. Bat the poet here transfers the term beloogi^ 

to the obj^S upon thtfabji^: unlefs we will rather fuppofe it 

was his intention to give inmifihU (which has a p^ffivf) an aSivi 

fignificationi and then ic will mean theiameas notfiewf. 


Ctmbelin*. 317 

Triumphs for nothing, and lamenting toys, 
Is jollicy for ap€s» and grief for boys. 
Is Cadwall mad ? 


' Enier Arviragus, mtb Imogen dead, bearinj^ her ift 

bis arms. 

Bel. Look, here he comes ! 
And brings the dire occafion, in his arms. 
Of what we blame him for, 

jlrv. * The bird is dead. 

That we have made fo much on ! I had rather 

Have skipt from fixteen years of age to fixty -, 

And turn'd my leaping tinoe into a crutch, 

Than have feen this. 
Guid. * Oh fweeteft, faireft iilly ! 

My brother wears thee not one half fo well, 

As when thou grew'ft thyfclf. 
Bel. * ^ O melancholy I 

Who ever yet could found thy bottom ? find 

The ooze, to (hew what coaft thy fluggifh carrack 

Might eatf lieft harbour in ?— — thou blefled thing J 

ytrue knows, what man thou might'Q: have made ; 
but ah ! 

Thou dy'dft, a moft rare boy, of melancholy ! 

How found you him f 

7 ■ "ob, melancbgly ! 

Who ivirytt could found thy bottom ? find 
The ooze, tojht^w iiohat coaji tbyjluggtjh care 

Might eas^liefi harbour in F ] But as pJaufiblc ds this at 

firft fight may keuif all chofe, who know any thing of good 
writing* will agree, that our author muH have wrote, 
— ^— - to Jhtvj fwhat coajl tlyjluggijk cariack 
Might ea^UtJi harbour in ? 
Carrack is a flow, heavy built vcflel of burJcn. This rellores 
the tmifcrmity of the meraphor, coaipleais the fenfe, and is a 
iv^ord of great propriety and beauty to deiign a melancholic 



Jro. * Starky-aiycnfee: 

* Thus fmiling, ts fome fly had dckled dumber t 

* Not as Death*s datt being laughM at : hia right cbcde 

< Repofing on a cufhion, 

Guid. * Where? 
jtrv. * O'th* floor : 
« His arms thus leagu'd % I thought, he flept ; and put 

< My clouted brc^ues from off my feet, whofe nidenefi 
« Anfwer'd my fteps too loud. 

Quid. * Why, he but fleeps 5 
*< If he be gone, he^U make his grave a bed ; 
<« With female Fairies will his tomb be haunted, 
^^ Ami worms will not come near thee. 

Arv. " With faircft flowers, 
** 'Whilfl: fummer lafts, and I live here, Fidek^ 
*' rU fweeten thy &d grave. Thou Ihalt not lack 
*« The flower that's like thy face, pale Primrofe \ nor 
•' The azur'd Hare-hettj like thy veins, no, nor 
« The leaf of Eglantim^ which not to flander, * 
** Out-fwccten*d not thy breadi. ! The Raddock 

<^ With charitable bill, (oh bill, fore-fiiaming 
'' Thofc rich-left heirs, that let their fathere lye 
<^ Without a Monument !) bring thee aH this ; 
<< Yea, and furr'd mofs befides^ when flow*rs are nont^ 
** To winter-gown thy coarie. 1 

Guid. Pr'y thee, have done *, 

8 ■ The Raiiock loouU, 

With charitablt hill^ bring thet all this ; 

Yia, and furred mofs hr fides. When fi9-virs are none^ 

To wiuter-groand thy courfe ] Here again, the metaphor 

is flrangely mangled. . What Senfe is there in winter-gr^undi^g a 
coarfe with mofs f A coarfe might indeed be faid to be *ujinter' 
grounded in good thick clay. But the epiiliet/ifrrV to m^t 
direfts us plainly to another reading, 

7» ^winter-gown thy eoarfe, 
h r. the fummer habit (hall be a light gown of J^g-'wers, thj 
vintex habit a good vmrm furred go*wn of mofs. 


Cymbelxne. 31^ 

And do not play in wench4ik« words with that 
Which is lb icrious. Let us bury him. 
And not protraift with adniir^cjon what 
Is now due debt. — ^To th* grave. 
ylrv. Say, where (hall's lay him ? 
Guid. By good Euriphile^ our mother. • 
uf n?. . Bc't fo : 
And let us, Paladour^ though now our voices 
Have got the ipannifli crack, finghim to th* ground ; 
As, once, our mother : ufe like note, and words. 
Save that Ewripbik mufl: be Fidele. 

Guid. . Cadwall^ 
I cannot ling : Til weep, and word it with thee ; 
*♦ For notes of forrow, out of tune, are worfe 
«* Than Friefts and Fanes that lie. 
Arv. We'll fpeak it then. 
Bel. Great griefs, I fee, medicine the lefe. Tot Ch ten 
Is quite forgot. He was a Queen's fon, boys. 
And though he came our enemy, remember, 
{fi^ He has pakl for that : the mean and mighty, rotting 
Tc^ethcr, have one duft ; yet Reverence, 
(That angel of the world J dodi make diftinflion 
Of place *twixt high and low. Our foe was princely. 
Ana though you took his life, as being our foe. 
Yet bury him as a Prince. 

Gidd. Pray, fetch him hither. 
^tberJUes' body is as good as Jjax^ 
When neither are alive. 

Arv. If you'll go fetch him. 
We'll lay our fong the whilft : Brother, begin. 
Guid. Nay, Cadwall^ we muft lay his head to th* 
My father hath a reafon for't. 
Arv. *Tis true. 

[ [a) Be has paid for that. Oxford Editor. — Vulg. U^'asfaU 
for thatJ] 


)20 CyMBELIN£« 

Gttid. Come on then, and remove him. 
Arv. So, begin. 


Guid. * ' Fear no mare the beat o^tV SuHy 

* Nor the furious winter* s rages ; 
* Tiou thy xvorUfy task bafi done^ 

^ Home art gone^ and ta*en thy wages. 
Golden lads and girls all mu/i^ 
As chimney [weepers^ come to dufi. 
Arv. ' Fear no more the frown oUV Great j 

* fbomart paft the tyrant's Jirokei 
^ Care no more to cloatb and eat \ 

* Sfi? thee the reed is as the oak : 
fbe fcepter^ learnings phyfick^ mufi 
All follow this J ana come to duft. 
Guid. * Fear no more the ligbtning-flajb. 

Arv. Nor tV all-dreaded tbtm^rfione. 
Guid. ' Fear nojlander^ cenfure ra^. 

Arv. * TChou baft finijh^djpy and moan. 
Both. All lovers youngs all lovers mufi 

Conjign to thee^ and come to diifl. 
Guid. No exorcifer barm thee ! 
Arv. Nor no witchcraft charm thee! 
Guid. Ghoftj unlaidy forbear thee ! 
Arv. Nothing ill come near thee \ 
Both, ^uiet confummation bave^ 

And renowned be thy Grave ! 

Enter Belarius, with the body of Cloten. 

Guid, We've done our obfequies : cx)me, lay him 

BeU ^^ Here's a few flow'rs, but about midnight 


o Fear no more^ 5rc.] This is the topic of confolation that natart 
dliaates co all men ^n thefe occafions. The fame facewei we bave 
over the dead body ia Luciatt. TuroK ttO/i/oy exsTi /i^it^Ui* 

« The 


Cymbeline. 521 

^« The herbs, that have on them cold dew o*th* night, 
•• Are ftrewings fitt*ft for Graves. -;7Upon their faces— 
*• You were as flow'rs, now*wicfier'd; even fo 
*^ Thefe herbelets fhall, which we upon you ftrow. 
Come on, away, apart upon our knees -n— 
The ground, that gave them firft, has them again : 
"* Their pleafure here is pad, fo is their pain. lExeunf. 

Imogen^ awaking. 

Imo. * Yes, Sir, to MUford-Hweny which is the 
way ?— 
• I thank you — by yond bufli ?— — jHay, how far 

thither ? • 

'Ods pittikins — can it be fix mile yet?- 
I've gone all night — 'faith. Til lye down and fleep** 
But, loft \ no bedfellow— Oh Gods, and Goddefies ! 

[Seeing the bo^^ 
Thefe flow'rs are like the pleaiures of the world ; 
This bloody man the care on*t — I hope, I dream ; 
For, iure, I thought I was a cave* keeper. 
And cook to honed creatures. But 'tis not {o : 
'Twas but a bolt of nothing, (hot at nothing. 
Which the brain makes of fumes : Our very eyes 
Are ibmetimes like our judgments, blind. Good faith, 
I tremble dill with fear ; but if there be 
Yet left in heav'n as fmall a drop of pity 
As a wren's eye, oh Gods ! a part of it ! 
The dream's here dill \ ev'n when I wake, it is 
Without me, as within me ; not imagined, felt, 
A headlefs man! — ^the garments o^ Pofibumusf 
I know the fliape of 's leg, this is his hand. 
His foot mercurial his martial thigh^ 
The brawny of Hercuks : but hk jovial fa ce - ■ 
Murther in heaven?— -how!— ^ 'tis gone!— ^ 

All caHea madded Hecuia gave the Gnds^ 
And mine to boott be dariml on thee! thou. 
Vol. VII. Y 'Vvrm 



322 Cymbelinj* 

'Twas thou^ confpiring with chat devil Clolen^ 
Haft here cut off my lord. To write, and read. 
Be henceforth treachVous !— •DamnM Pifamo 
Hath with his forged letters — damnM Pifamo /— 
From this the braveft veffcl of the world 
Struck the main-top ! oh Pofthumus^ alas. 
Where is thy head? where*s That? ah me, whereas 

That? ' 
Pifanio might have kilPd thee at the heart. 
And left thy head on. How (hould this be, Pififtuo f-r- 
'Tis he and Clottn. Malice and lucre in them 
Have laid this woe here. Oh, 'tis pregnant, pregnant! 
The drug he gave me, which, he iaid, was precious 
And cordial to me, have I not found it 
Murth'rous to th' fenfes ? that confirms it home : 
This is Pifanio*^ deed, and ChtetC^. Oh ! 
Give colour to my pale check with thy blood. 
That we the horrider may feem to thofe 
Which chance to find us. Oh, my lord! my lord! 

Enter Lucius, Capiains^ and a Sootbfqjfer. 

Cap. To them, the legions garrifonM io 
After your will, have crois'd the lea, attending 
You here at AGlford- Haven, with your Ships: 
They are in readiuefs. 

Luc. But what from Rome ? 

Cap. The Senate hath ftirPd up the Cpn&iers, 
And Gendemeo of Itafy^ moft willing fpirits. 
That promi/e nc^Ie fervice: and they come 
Under the conduft of bold lacbimo^ 
Syenna*s Brother. 
^ Luc. When es^eft you tbem ? 

Q^. With the next benefit o'th' wind. 

Luc. This forwasdneft 




Makes our hopes fair. Command, our prcfcnt numbers 
Be mufter'd ; bid the Captains look to't. Now, Sir, 
What have you dream*d, of late, of this war's purpofe ? 

Sooth. *Laft night, the very Gods jQhew'd me a 
(I faft, and pray*d for their intelligence) 
I law Jcve^s bird, the Roman eagle, wing'd 
From the fpungy (buth, to this part of the Weft, 
There vanilh*d in the fun- beams 5 which portends 
(Unlels my fins abufe my divination) 
Succcis to th* Roman Hoft. 

Luc. Dream often fo. 
And never falfc!- — Soft, ho, what Trunk is here 
Without his top? the ruin fpeaks, that fometime 
It was a worthy building. How ! a page!—— 
Or dead, or Uecping on him ? but dead, rather : 
For Nature doth abhor to make his couch 
With the defundl, or flcep upon the dead. 
Let's fee the boy's face. 

Cap. He's alive, my lord. 

Luc. He'll then inftruft us of this body. Young one^ 
Inform us of thy fortunes, for, it feems. 
They crave to be demanded : who is this. 
Thou mak'ft thy bloody pillow? ' who was b^ 
That, otbcrwifc than noble Nature did. 
Hath altered that good pifture ? what's thy interefl: 


9 Laft night, th very Gods Jht^j^dmi a 'oifton.'\ The met) 
Gods may» tDdeed» figntfy the Gods thcmfelves iounediately, and 
not by the intexvention of other agents or milruinents j yet I am 
perfnadcd the reading is corrupt, and that Shake/pear wiote> 

Laft night the Vf auky Gods ■ ■ 

Wiuriy here fignifying, animad*vtrtingy forenvarning, ready t9 
giife notice ; iiot« as in its more ufoal meaiiing» cnutnus^ re/efved* 

I ■■ tvoho tvas he, 

Tiaif otherwi/e than noble Natnre did» 
Bath altered that geod fiaure f-^} The Editor^ Mr. ^ed^ 
hmU^ ,cavik at this pofige. He (ays, it it far from being firiahf 
grmmmatiMli and yet, what is ftrange, ^e fubjoins a paraphrale 

Y 2 qI 


324 C Y M B E L I N E. 

In this fad wreck ? how came it» and who is it ? 
What art thou ? 

Imo. I am nothing \ or if not. 
Nothing to be, were better. This was my mafter» 
A very valiant Briton^ and a good. 
That here by mountaineers lyes flatn : alas \ 
There are no more fuch mafters : I may wander 
From Eaft to Occident, cry out for fcrvicc. 
Try many, aU good« ferve them truly, never 
Find fuch ajiother matter. 

Imc. 'Lack, good youth! 
Thou mov'ft no lefs with thy complaining, than 
Thy mailer in bleeding : (ay his name, good friend. 

Imo. Richard du Champ. If I do lye, and do 
No harm by it, though the Gods hear, I hope, [Jfide. 
TheyMl pardon it. Say you, Sir? 

Luc. Thy name ? 

Imo. Fidehy Sir. . 

Luc. Thou doft approve thy felf the very (amc s 
Thy name well fits thy £siith ; thy faith, thy name. 

of his own, wliich (hews it to h^ ftri^lf grammatical. Fpt^ fayi 
he, the cmfiruQhn of thtfe ntjords is thit^ njubo bath altered that 
^d fiBur€ 0ih$rn»ifi than nature altered it, I fuppofe then tbis 
Editor's meaning was, that the grammatical conftnidioii would 
not conform to the fenfe ; (for a bad wricer, like n bad man, 
generally lays one thing and means another.) He fiiUoiniBg, 
Shakefpear dimmed t^fay. If the text he genuine^ ^ho hath alter d 
that geod figure from 'what noble nature at firft made it. Here 
again he is miftaken { Shaie/pear meant* like a plain man, juft ss 
he fpoh I and as our Editor firft paraphraied him, who haih 
altered that good pi£lure otherwise than nature altered it ? And 
the folution of the difficulty in this fentiment, which fo moch 
perplexed him, is this : The fpeaker fees a young man without a 
head, and confequently machjhorten'd in iiature j on which he 
breaks out iiito this exclamation, who hath a^^rVthis good fonn 
by making it ihorter; fo contrary to the pra£tiop of satare 
which by yearly acceflion of growth aiters it by ma^^ it taller. 
Nooccanon then for the Editor to chanee did inio bid with 
an allofion to the command againfi murder 1 which theft flrauld 
have Ixcn firbid inftead of bid. 


Cymbelins. 325 

*Wilc take thy chance with me ? I will not % 
Thou fhalt be ib well ma(ler*d, but, be fore. 
No lefi belov*d. The Roman Emperort letters, 
Sent by a Conful to me, Ihould no fooner. 
Than thine own worth, prefer thee : go with me. 
Jm. I'll follow. Sir. fiut firft, an'c pleafe the 
' PU hide my mailer from the flies as deep 
As thefe door pickaxes can dig : tmd when 
With wild wood-leaves and weeds I ha* ftrew'd his 

And on jt (aid a century of pray*rs, 
(Such as I can,) twice o'er, 1*11 weep and figh ; 
And, leaving fo his fervice, follow you. 
So pleafe you entertain me« 

Luc. Ay, good youth. 
And rather father thee, than mafter thee. 
My friends. 

The boy hath taught us manly duties : let us 
Find out the pretueft dazied-plot we can. 
And make him with our pikes and partizans 
A Grave ; come, arm him : boy, he is preferred 
By thee to us, and he ihall be interi^d 
As foldiers can. Be chearfiil, wipe thine eyes': 
Some Falls are means the happier to arife. [ExeunU 


Changes to Cymbeline'i Palace. 

J£nter Cymbeline^ Lords^ md 

Cym. AGAIN; and bring me word, how *tii 

LX with her ! 
A fever with the ablence of her fon ; 
Madnefi, of which her life^ in danger ; faeav*fls I 
{iow deeply you at once do touch me. Lnogen^ 

Yg The 

326 C Y M B E;L IN ev 

The great part of my comfort, gone! qpy Queen 
Upon a detperate bod, and in a time 
Wi>ei| fcsivm wars point at me ! her fon gone. 
So needful for this prefent ! it flrikes me, paft «. 
The hope of comfort. But for thee, fellow. 
Who needs mud know of her departure, and 
* Doft feem fo ignorant, we'll force it from chee 
By a (harp torture. 

Pif, Sir, my life is yours, 
I f(^icatyour will; bur, for my miflreis, 
I nothing know where fhe remains i why, gone ; 
Vor when (he purpofes Return. 'Befcech your 

Hold me your loyal fervant. 

Lord. Good my liege. 
The day that (lie was mi(fing, he was here i 
I dare be bound he's true, and (hall perform 
All parts of his fubjeftion loyally. For CktcH^ 
There wants no diligence in feeking him, 
And will no doubt be found. 

Cym. The time is trouble(bme ) 
We'll flip you for a iea(bn, but our jealoufy 
Do's yet depend, 

Ijord. So plcafc your Majefty, 
The Roman Legions, all from Gallia drawn. 
Are landed on your coaft, with lat^e fupply 
Of Roman Gentlemen, by th' Senate fent. 

Cym. Nowforthecounfciof my Son and Queen!— 
I am amaz'd with matter. 

Lord. Good my liege. 
Your preparation can affront no lefs 
Than what you hear of. Come mdrc, for more 

you're ready i 
The want is, but to put thefe Powers iq nx>tk>n. 
That long to, move. 

Cym. I thank you ; let's withdraw. 
And meet the time, as it fceks us. We fear not 


CyKibbline. 327 

What can fit)m iialy innoy us, but • . 

We grieve at chances here. — Away.-— \Ext$mi. 

Pif. (a) I heard no letter from tny miiftcr, fince 
I wrote him, Imogen was flain. 'Tis firange^ 
Nor hear I from my miftitfs, who did promife 
To yieJd me often tidings. Neither know I, 
What is betide to Ootm^ fakK rettiain 
Pcrplejrt in all. iThe heavens ftill muft work ; 
Wherein Pm felfc, Vm honeft: not true, to be true. 
Theft prefent wars fliall find, 1 love my Country, 
Ev'n ro the note o* th* King, or I fall in- theiti ; 
All other doubts, by time lee them be clear'd ; 
Fortune brings in Ibme boats, that are not fteer*d. 


Changes to the Foreji. 

Enter Belarius, Guiderius, and Arvlragus. 

Cvid. ^"^ H E noiKe is nxind about us. 
1 Ed. Let us frojto iL 

Aro. What pleafufre. Sir, find we in Iifc> to lock it 
From adion and adventure ? 

Guii^ Nay, whathof^ 
Have we in hiding us i this way the Remans 
Muft or for Britons flay us, or receive us 
For barbarous and unnatural Revolts 
During their ufe, and (lay us after. 

BiL Sons, 
We'll higher to the moumains, there fccure us. 
To the King's Party there's no going \ newnefs 
Of Cloten's death {we being not kfiown, nor iliuder^d 
Among obe bands) may drive us ^ to a Render 

2 ^^-^to a Rmdir] a render, for aconfe£iaa. 
letter ] 

y 4 Where 

32g C y MB E LINE, 

Where we have Itv'd : and fo extort fiom os 

That which weVe done, whofe aafwer would be death 

Drawn on widi torture. ' 

Guid. This is. Sir, a doubt 
(In fuch a tipie) nothing becoming you. 
Nor latisfying us. ^ 

Jrv. It is not likely. 
That when they bear the Roman horfes neigh, i 
Behold their quartered fires, ' have both their eyes 
And ears fo 'ploy'd importantly as now. 
That they will wafte their time upon our note 
To know from whence we are. 

Bel. Ob, I am known 
Of many in the army ; many years. 
Though Oofen then but young, (you fee,) not wore 

From my remembrance. And, befides, the King- 
Hath not deferv*d my fervice, nor your loves^ 
Who find in my exile the want of breeding i 
The certainty of this hard life, aye hopekU '' 
To have the courtefie your cradle promi&^d % 
But to be ftill hot fummer^s tanling^ and ^ 

The flirinking (laves of winter. 

Quid, Than be fo» : 

Better to ceafe to be. Pray, Sir, to th' army ^ 
I and my lapther are not known i your felf 
So out of thought, and thereto fo o'er-grown^ 

'kavi hotb their eyn 

Jnd tart Jo €Lot*d importatafy at s«w.] There it no 
doabty but oar iflanden would be thoroughly cUfd of the fight 
and noife of a terrible and powerful invader. But this wcwld 
not hinder their taming their attention on another objed. Now 
the fceaker ia maintaining, that their attention to the im^^fim 
woold Ittcp diem from inquiring after iim. Befides what it is» 
to be i$Hforiantfy cUfd^ I have not theleaft conoeptioii of. Sbakt^. 
^ar without doubt wrote, 

■ ■ ■ ^ * F L o T* D important fy at mw. 




Ctmbicline* 529 

Cannot be qucftiotfd. 

Aro. By this Son that fliines, 
ni thither ; what thing is it, that I never 
Did fee man die, icarce ever look'd on blood. 
But that of coward hares, hot goats, and venifonf ' 
Vever beftrid a horfe fave one, that had 
A rider like myfelf who ne'er wore rowel, 
lifor iron on his heel ? I am alham'd 
To lode upon the holy Sun, to have 
The benefit of his beft beams, remaining 
So long a poor unknown. 

Quid. By heav'ns, TU go; 
]f you will blels me. Sir, and give me leave, 
PU take the better care \ but if you will not. 
The hazard therefore due fall on me, by 
The hands of Romans ! 
J jk^. So fay I, Amen. * 

BeJ. No rcafon I (fince of your lives you fet 
So* (light a valuation) (hotild referve 
My crack'd one to more care. Have with you, 

If in your country wars you chance to die, * 
That is my bed too, lads ; and there PI! tye. 
Lead, lead } the time feems long : their blood thinks 

^ill it flie out, and (hew them Princes bom. 






A Field between the Britifh and Roman CofTfs. 

Enfer Polthumus, %fritJb a Uooiy hmktnhhf. ! 

• I 


YE A, bloody cloth, I'll keep thee ; for I wift^ 
Thou fliould*ft be coloured chus. You marikd 
If each of you would take this courfe, how many 
Muft murder wives much better than thcmfclves 
For wrying but a little ? oh, Pifanio ! 
Every good fervatit does not all Commands ; 

No bond, but to do juft ones. Godsf if you 

Should have ta*en vengeance on my fauits, I ncvei 
Had lived to put on this; fo had you faved 
The noble Imogen to repent, and ft ruck 
Me, wretch, more worth your vengeance. But alacfe. 
You fnatch from hence for little faults; that's love> 

To have them fall no more:' you fome permit 

To fecond ills with ills, each worfe than other, j 
And make them dread, «o the doers* thrift. — — - 
But Imogen^s your own : do your beft wills. 
And make me bleft t*obey ! I am brought hither 
Among th^ Italian Gentry, and to fight 
Againlt my lady*s Kingdom ; *tis enough, 
That, Britaincy I have kill'd thy miftrcfs: Peace! 
ril give no wound to thee. Therefore, good hcav'ns, 
Hear patiently my purpole. Til difrobe mc 
Of thcfe ItaHan weeds, and fuit myfelf 
As do*s a 'Briicn pcafant ; fo Til fight 
Againft the pare 1 come with ; fo Til die 
For thee, O Imogen^ for whom my life 
Is, evVy breath, a death j and thus unknown, 
Pitied, nor hated, to the face of peril 


CymBELINE^ ||| 

Myleir rU dedicate. Let oie make men know 
I More valour in me, than my I^bi^ fhew ; 

Gods, put the ftrength o' th' Leonati in me! 
. To flume the guife o' th' world, I will bj^in 

The falhion, left without, and more within. [ExH. 

j. Enter Lucius, lachimo^ and the Roman army at one 
door I and the Britifli army at another \ Leonacus 
PdlUiumus follomttg like a poor foldier. They march 
over^ and go out. Then enter again in skirmifi lachi- 
mo, and Pofthumus ; be vanqui/heib and difarmetb 
lachimo, and then leaves bim. 

laeb. The hcavinels and guilt, within my bo/bm. 
Takes off my manhood ; IVc bcJy'd a lady. 
The Princcfs of this country ; and the air on't 
Revengingly enfeebles me : or could this carle, 
A very drudge of nature, have fubdu'd me 
In my profeffion ? Knighthoods, and Honours born. 
As I wear mine, are titles but of fcorn : 
If ^that thy gentry, Britaine^ go before 
This lowt, as he exceeds our lords, the odds 
Is, that we fcarce are men, and you are Gods. [^Exit. 

^be hatHe continues ; the BritCMis fyj Cymbeline is 
takeh ; then enter to bis rejeue, Belarius, Guiderius, 
and Arviragus. 

Bel. Stand, (land ; we have th' advantage of the 
ground ; 
That lane is guarded : nothing routs us, but 
The villany of our fears. 

Guid. Arv. Stand, (land, and fight 

Enter Pofthumus, andfeconds the Britons. 72^ refcue 

Cymbeline, and exeunt. 

Then Enter iMcins^ lachimo, ^W Imogen. 

Luc. Away, boy, from the troops, and (ave thyfelf ; 
For friends kill friends, and the aiforder'^ fuch 

332 Ctmbbuni. 

A$ war w€re hbod-wink'd. 

lacbs *Tis their frcffi fiipplies. 

Imc. It is a day tum*d ifrangely. Or betimes 
Let's rc-inforce, or fly, [Exetmi. 

Jnotber Part of the Field of Battk. 

Enter Pofthumus, and a Britifh Lord^ 

Lord. /;^Am*ft thou from where they made die 
V-y Stand ? 

Pofi. I did. 
Though you» it feems» came from the fliers. 
Lord. I did. 

Poji. No blame be to you. Sir, for all wa$ bft, 
But that the heavens fought : the King himfelf \ 
Of his wings deftitute, the army broken. 
And but the backs of Britaine feen \ all flying • 
Through a ftraight lane, the enemy full-bearccd, 
Lolling the tongue with flaughtering, having work 
More plentiful, than tools to do*t, ftruck down 
Some mortally, fome flightly touch'd, l%ne falling 
Meerly through iear, that the ftraight Pafs wis 

* damned 
With dead men, hurt behind, and cowards living 
To die with lengthened (hame. 
Lord. Where was this lane? 
Pojl. Clofe by the battle, ditch'd, and waird with 
turf, . 
Which gave advantage to an ancient ibldier, 
^An honeft one, I warrant,) who defo'vM 
So long a breeding as his white beard came to. 
In doifl^ this for^s Country. 'Thwart the lane^ 
He,' with two ftriplings, (lads, more like to run 
Tj^ country Bafe^ than to commit fuch flaaghter \ 
With fiioea fit for maikf » or rather fiurer 


Than thole ' for prelervacion ca^'d, or fliamei) 

Made good the pafTage, cry'd tp chofe chat fled. 

Our BriSaine^s Harts die flying, not pur men ; 

To darknefi fleet fouls, that fly backwards ! ftand s 

Or we arc Romans^ and will give you That 

Like beafts. which you fliun beaftly, and may fave 

But to look back in frown: (land, ftand.— Theic 

Three thoufand confident, in ?£t as many ; 
(For three perf(»rmers are the file, when all 
The reft do nothing ;) with this word. Stand, ftand» 
Accommodated by the place, (more charming 
With their own Noblenefs, which could have turn'd 
A diftaflf to a lance) gilded pale looks ; 
Part, ftiame, part, fpiric-rcnew*d ; * that fome, turn*d 

But by example, (oh, a fln in war, 
Damn'd in the firft beginners!) *gan to look 
The way that they did, and to grin like lions 
Upoo the pikes o'th* hunters. Then began 
A ftop i*th* chafer, a retire j anon, 
» A rout, confufion-thick. Forthwith they flie 
Chickens, the way which they floop*d eagles : flaves^ 
The fl:rides they viflors made •, and now our cowards. 
Like fragments in hard voyages, became 
The life o'th' need ; having found the back door open 
Of the unguarded hearts, heav'ns, how they wound 
Someflain before, fome dyings fome, their friends 
O'er-bome i'lh* former wave j ten, chac'd by one. 
Are now each one the flaughter-man of twenty ; 


1 ^-^^ for frefemfathu caid, or ihame,] Shame, for modefty. 

2 thai fome, fum*d coward] Some, for that part 

3 J roM$, comfyfiom tbicL — ] Thii Is lead as if it was a iikk 
€»nfufion^ and only another term for rout: whereas ewjufion^thitk 
flioald be read thus with an hyphen/ and is a y§trf beautifol com- 
poond epithet to romt. But Sbake^ear^t fine diOion is not a littlt 
obfcared throofhoiK bgr thus disfigiung Jus compound tdjeaivet. 




Thofc, that would die or ere refift, are grown 
The mortal hugs o'th* field. 

Ijord. This was ftrange chance, 
A narrow lane ! an old man, and two boys ! 

Pqft. Nay, do not wonder at it ; you are made 
Rather to wonder at the things you hear. 
Than to work any. Will you rhime upon*t ? 
And vent it for a mockery ? here is one : 
Two bcysy an old man^ (twice a hoy^) a lane^ 
Preferv^d the Britons, was the Romans' bane. 

Lord. Nay, be not angry. Sir. 

Poft. Lack! to what end? 
Who dares not ftand his foe, Pll be his friend ; 
For if hcMl do, as he is made to do, 
I know, he'll quickly fly my friendfliip too. 
You have put me into rhimcs. 

Jjfrd. Farewel, you are angry. [Exit. 

Poft. This is a lord — oh noble mifcry. 
To be i'th* field, and ask what news, of me! 
To day, how many would have given their honours 
ToVe fav'd their carcaffcs ? took heel to do*t. 
And yet died too? '« ♦ I, in mine own woe charm'd, 
«* Could not find death, where I did hear him groan j 
«* Nor feel him, where he ftruck. This ugly monftcr,— 
«« *Tis ftrange he hides him in frelh cups, (oft beds, 
•• Sweet words ; or hath more miniftcrs than we, 
«* That draw his knives i'ttf war — Well, I wili find 

A I, in mini cwn ^w^e charmM,] Alluding to the com- 

mon fuperilition of Charms being powerful enough to keep men 
unhart in battle. It was derived from our Saxon anoeftots, 
and fo is common to us with the Germans, who are above aU 
other people given to this fupeiftition, which made Era/msu, 
where, in his Morint Encomium, he gives to each nation its proper 
chaia^ri^Cy fay, Gormani corporum froaritaii &niag]aecog- 
nitione fibi placent: and Prior, in his Alma^ 

North Britons bonce have fecund fight t 
And Germans ftee from gun.ihot fi^U . 


Cymbeline. J35 

For being now a favourer to the Britw^ 
No more a Briton^ I've refumM s^ain 
The pare I came in. Fight I will no more» 
But yield me to the verieft hind, that ihall 
Once touch my flioulder. Great the flaughf^r is 
Here made by th' Reman \ great the anfwer be, 
Britotts muft take. For me, my ranfom^s death ; 
On either fuk I come to fpend my breath ; 
Which neither here Til keep, nor bear ^^in^ 
But end it by fome means for Imogen. 

Enter two Britifh Captains ^ and Seldiers. 

I Cap. Great Jupiter be prais'd, Lucius is taken ! 
'Tis thought, the old man, and his fons, were angels, 

z Cap. There was a fourth many in a filly habit. 
That gave th* affront with them. 

1 Cap. So 'tis reported ; 

Bat none of them can be found. Stand, who's there ? 

Poji. A Roman 
Who had not now been dropping here, if Seconds 
Had anfwer'd him. 

2 Cap. Lay hands on him; adpg! 
A leg of Rome ihall not return to tell 

What crows have pcck'd them here ; he brags his 

As if he were of note ; bring him to th' King. 

Enter Cymbeline, Biilarius, Guiderius, Arviragus, Pi- 
&niOt and Roman captives. The captains prefent 
Pofthumus to Cymbeline, who delivers him aver to 
a Goaler. After ivkich^ all go out. 


3j6' C Y M-B^ELI N E. 


Changes to a Prifon. 

Enter Pofthutnus, and two goakrs. 

1 Goal^jOXi (hall not now be ftoln, yoifw locks 

X upon you; 
So gwK^ ^ y^ *^ pafturc. 

2 G<w/. Ay, or ftomach. [Exewu Goakrs. 

Pofi. Moft welcome, bondage ! for thou art a way, 
I think, to liberty ; yet am I better • ^ ^ ^ 
Than one that's fick o'th' gout, fince he bad rather 
Groan fo b perpetuity than be cuPd 
By th* fure phy ucian, death ; who is the key 
Tunbar thefe locks. My confcicnce ! thwart fettered. 
More than my (hanks and wriflsj yoij good Gods, 

give me 
The penitent inftrument to pick that bcJt ; 
Then, free for even Is*t enough, Vm forry i 
So children tempVal fathers do appeafe ; 

Gods are more tull of mercy, -Muft I repent ? 

I cannot do it better than in gyves, 

Defir*d, more than conftrain'd ; * to (ktisfie, 


5 — 


li oi my freedom Uh the main farti *^^* 

Vo ftriaer Render of me^ than my ail ] What we CtB of* 
covet €»iift^k« nonfenfc of Oitfo lines », ttotbc.fpcaker, toa 
fi(.ofpei«ili^cy, compares hiscircomilaiices wuha4ebtor*t»-who 
ii willing to furrendcr ap all to appeafe his creditor. This beiag 
the fcnfe in general, 1 may vavmre to &y» the true readiog tuA 
have been this. 



1 ^{^ my freedom % * tie the main part i tukf 
Nofiriaer Render of me than my edL 

clepace, i. #. 1o 

C YMBELlkB. 337 

1 d^oflP my freedom ; *tis the main part i tak^ 

^ No ftri&er Render of me, than my alJ. 

I know, you are more clement than vile men. 

Who of their brc^en debtors take a third, 

A fixth, a tenth) letting them thrive again 

On their abatement ; that's not my defire. 

For Imogen* s dear life, take mine ; and though 

'Tk not (o dear, yet *tis a life ; you coin*d it. 

*Tween man and man, they weiph not every ftamp 

Though light, take pieces for the figure's fake ; 

You rather, mine being yours : and ib, great Powers, 

If you will take this auditi take this life. 

And cancel thofe old bonds. Oh Imogen ! 

ril fpcak to thee in fllence.-— * {HeJUeps. 

7 Si^emin mttfick : Enter^ as in an apparitioHi Sictlius 
JLeonatus, father to Podhumus, an old man^ attired 
like a warrior ; leading in bis hand an ancient matron^ 
bis wife^ and mother to Pofthumus, with mujick be* 
fore them. Jien^ after other mufick, follow the two 
young Leonati, hron^ers to Pofthumus, with womids 
as they died in the wars. They circle Pofthumus 
rowfdy as he fyes Jkeping. 

Ski. No more, thou thonder-mafter, fhcw 

Thy fpite on mortal flies : 
With Mars fall out, with Juno chide. 

That thy Adulteries 
Rates and revenges.^— > 

pre all the iads^iftion I am able to yoor oftnded Goilrnds, I 
voloncaril/ diTcft my felf of mj freedom : *u« the ooiy Uung I 
have to atone with, 

■ taki 

N9 ftriSir Rtnier rfme^ than nvf aQ. 

6 V^JtriBtr Render—] Reudir^ for moia. 

7 S^Umn wmfok: &c.] Here follow a vi>», Kmrnfyu^ and a 
fr9fb€/f^ whieh iaternipc the faUe without the leaft neceffity, iknd 
oiuneafarably lengthen thi^ a£t I think it plainly foified ia aftcff- 
^MJ^ for meer (how« and apparently not of ShihJ^ar. 

Mr. rvfo^ 

Vol. VI L Z Hath 

^|8 C y MB EL IN I. 

Hath my poor boy dooeaygbt but w«U» 

Whofe face I never faw i 
I dy'd, whiJft in die womb he ftay'd^ 

Attending Nature's law. 
Whofe father^ Javet (a$ m^ ^^pott^ 

Thou orphans' father art ;) 
Thou (hould'ft have beeo^ and fliielded him 
From his earth- vexing fmarL 
Adotb. LmM lent not nK her aid^ 
But cook me in my throes ; 
That from .me my Pqfibumus ript. 

Came crying 'mongft his Km» 
A thing of pity!-— 
Sicu Great Nature, like his aoceftr^ 

Moulded the ftuff io £siir ; 
That he deferv*d the praifc o*th^ world, 

i^ great SiciUuf heir. 
I Sro. When once he was mature fpr mans 
In Britaine where was he. 
That could ftand up his parallel. 

Or rival objcft be 
In eye of Imogen^ that beft 
Could deem his dignity ? 
^otb. With marriage therefore was he mock^ 
Tobeexird, and thrown 
From Lepnatus^ feat, and caft 
From her his dcarcft one ? 

Swett Imogen t 

Sici. Why did you fufFcr lacbimo^ 
Slight thing of jf?^5^, r * 

To taint his noble heart and brain 

With needlefs jcaloufie. 
And to become the geek and fcorn ^'' 

C/a*' Other^S vftlany ? • " \,. 

X Bro. Jor this, Irom ftUlcr feats Wjc' aotk^ 
Our parents, and us twain, .. 



That, ftrncing m our cooati^'s c^^ 

Fdl |>ravcly and ^ere flirfnj 
Oar fcdty, and STww^rf/TJ^ right, 
With honour to maintain, 
z Bro. Like harditncAt Piifthumus hath 
To Cymbeline perform^! ; 
Then, Juf^er^ thou King of Gods, 
Why haft thou thus ddjourn'd 
The graces for hs meries dde. 
Being all to dolours nim'd P 
Sid. Thy cryftai window ope; look oat V 
No longer exercife. 
Upon a valiant race, thy harfli 
And potent injuries. 
Moth. Since, Jupiter^ ouf jR>n b good^ 

Take off his miferies. 
Sid. Peep through thy marble tnanfioti, help? 
Or w« p6or ghofts wfll cry 
To th* fliining fynod of the reft, 
Againft thy Deity. 
2 Bretb. Help, JupHer^ or We appeal. 
And from thy juftice flie. 

Jupiter de fiends in thunder and lightnings Jilting upon ah 
eagle \ ie throws a thunder-holt. The ghofis fall on 
their knees. 

Jupit. Ho more, you petty fpiritaof r^ion low, 

Oftend our hearing i hufh f — how dare yQ^^ Ghofts, 
Acdufe the Thunderer, whole bolt you know. 

Sky-planted, batters all rebelling coafts i 
Poor fhadows bf Elyfimm^ hence and reft 
. Upon ybur never-withqring banks of floti^^ 
Be not with mortal accidents oppreft, 

No care of yours it is : .ypu Know, •fis oijrfc 
Whooi .beft I love, I crp^ & to make my giff. 

The more delayM, delighted. Be cdnteoti 
Your low-laid ion our godhead will uplift : 

JHis comforts thrive, his tryals well are Ipent ; 

^ Z a Our 



r I 


Our Jovidl ftar rcign'd at his births and in 

Our temple was he married': rife, and £^Ic! 
He fliaW be lord of lady Imogen^ ^\ 

And Ibppicr much by his affliction made, 
tablet lay tipon his breaft, wherein 

[Jupiter drops a tablets 

Our pleafiire h]s fall fortune doch confine ; 

And fo, away ; — no farther with your din 

Exprefi impatience, left you ftir up mine ; 

Mount, eagle, to my palace cryftaiUnc* [Jfeendri 

Ski. He came in thunder, hia oockftial breath 
Was fulphurous to Imell \ the holy eag)p 
Scooped, as to foot usi hid arceoHon is 
More fweet il^an our bled jSelds % his jrdjnil bird 
Prunes the immortal wing, and cloys }m beak. 
As when his God is pleased. 

M. Thanks, Jitter t 

Sid. The marble ptvettiertt dofeSi IfcfetnteM 
'His radiam roof: away, and to be bkift^^ - 
Let OS *itb care peHbrm W* great behdt.^' - {Fdmjb^ 

Poft. [waking.'] Sleep, tboa hafl btch a ^rii^^ 
«»*tegot , 

A father to me : and thou haft created 
A modtef wd two brothers; But, bH^fcofh! 
Gone*^disy went hence id fodn as th^#^bom i^ 
Andlb I i am awafce~Po(St wretches, thM depend 
On Gieamefi* <&vour, dream as I havfc dtiM \ 
Wake, and find nothi^.<*-*-^But, alas/ Flwerve : . 
Many dicam not to find, i^either defervti^ -' 
And yet are ftecp'd in favours ; fo am I 
That have this goldte chance, and kii6w nof why : 
What ftfries haunt thisgrbuhd ? a bgp^l Ph m^onel 
Be not, aa in our fangled world, a garnaent 
Nobler tlian that it corers. Let thy eSsAs 
So follow, to be moft unlike our Courtiers } . 
As good as promife. 



Cymbeline« 341 

N as the lioris wbc^JbaUj to bimfelf unkmmn^ 
without feekif^ findy and be mbrac^d by apiece of 
tinder atr^ and when from a ftately cedar Jhall be kpt 
branches J wbicby being dead many years^ Jhall after re^ 
wpe^ be jointed to the oldjlock^ and frefbly grow^ then 
/ball Poftbumus end his mtferies^ Btitdac be fortunate^ 
mdfiourifb in peace and plenty. 

* *Tis ftiH a dream % or cllb fiich ftufF, as madmen 

Tongue, and bram not—do either both, or nothing— « 

Or fenfeleis ^leaking, or a fpeaking fuch 

As fenfe cannot untie. But what ic is. 

The aftkm of my life is like it» which IHl keep 

If but for fympa^y. 

ErUer Goaler. 

Goal, Conae, Sir, ^re you r«idy for death? 

Pofi. Ovcr^roafied racksr : ready long ago« 

Gm/. HangJAg is the word, Siri if yoa be ready 
for that, yoH arc wdl co^t. 

Po^. So if it prove a good repaft to the %e£btors, 
the difli pays the flxic - ^ 

Goal. A heavy reckoningibr you, Sit\ but the^om* 
fort isy you fiiaJl be caU*4 to no more payoiems, fear 
no more tavern biUs, wbich. ^e often the (ldiie& of 
parting, as the procuri^i«f ourth ( you coaaein faint 
tor want of meat, depart reding widi too tndich drink $ 
forry that you have paid loo inuch, and fecry that you 

8 ^f is ft ill a dream i or eifi M^ ft^ff^ '^ madmn 
TpngMft and brain not — do either iatb, or ttoddsg' ^'* *■ 
Or fenfelefs fyeaking^ or a Jhel^ing fucb 
As fenfi canuet nntie^'^'^^l The obfcurity of tlKis pafia^e 
arifes from part of ie being fpoke cf the prophefjr, and pare to it. 
This writing; on the Tablet ((ays he) i» ftili a drttoit or dfe the 
raving of madnefs. Do thou, O Tablet, either botb^ or nothing ; 
cither let thy i^ords and fenfe go together, or be thy bofom a 
ra/a tabula* As the words now ftand they are nonfcnfe, or at 
Ifafl involve in them a fenfe which I cannot diveiope* 

Z 3 are 



are paid too much ; purfe and brain, both empty, the 
farain the heavier, for being too light ; die purfe too 
light bdng drawn of heavinefs. Oh, of this concra- 
dv^on you (ball now be quit : oh, the charity of a 
penny cord^ k fums up thou&nds in a trice ; you have' 
no true debtor, and credicor, but it ; of what^ pafK 
ia, and to come, the difcharge; your neck. Sir, is 
pen, book, and counters ; fo the acquittance follows. 

P(>/t I an^ merrier to die, than thou art to live. 

Goal. Indeed, Sir, he that fleeps, feels not the 
tooth-ache : but a man that were to. fleep your fleep^ 
and a hangman to help him to bed, I think, he wouU 
change places with his officer : for look you. Sir, yoq 
know not which way you fhall go. 

Pojl. Yes, indeed, do I, fellow. 

Goal. Your death -has eyes in*s head then i I have 
not feen him fo bi&ur'dc yoa muft either be dlyeOed 
by fome that take upon them to lusowi .ortatake 
upon your feif that, which^ I am fore, you: do,- not 
know; cr lump the after-enquiry on youvjopni: perils 
af)4- how you (kaJl fpeed in your jounn^^-^id^ Ltfaiflky 
you'll never return to tell looe. . 5-: v. . r.:^ 

P<Jt. I tell tbee^ fellow; thene are mnfe Jtata^iiymk 
to direft them the way I am gping, butJucbjn^ m'mk4 
apd will not ufe them, . , •;:: i ^ r.^ 

Goal. What an infinite mock is. t^sm, thaLa.iwl. 
Ihould baS(& the. bed. u& of ejncs^ so. fiseothff wa^ q£ 
blindnefs 2 1 am fure, hangings: tjie tuay 'ofyoakmg,^ 

Enter a Mejfenger. • - 

• « " <j . «• * . 

Mef. Knock off bis manades, bring- your pr^ner 
to the King. . : ' - 

Poji, Thou bring'ft good ncwsj 1 afo x^digd iftlifc 
made irtc. ,V ? ^ • 

Goal, ril be hang'd then; 

Poft, Thou fhair be then freer thaii lagqa)^^; qo 
bolts for the dead. [Exeuftt Pofihumus ajgu^ Mfij^fi^Ou 


Goal. Unlds a man woold marry a gallow^ aii4 
ipt young gibbet% I never iaw one fo prone. Yec^ 
on my coofcience, there are verier knaves defire to, 
Uv^ for ail he be a Roman: and there be foipc of them 
too, that die againft their wiUs i fo ilkould I, if I wei^ 
one. I would, we were all of one mind, and on^ 
mind good } O, there were defolation of goalers and 
g^Iowfes 'f I fpeak againft my preient profit, but my, 
wifb hath a preferment in't« [£^. 


CymbclineV Tefit. 

Enier Cymbeline, Belariu$, Guiderius^ ArViragus, 

Pi&nio, and hrds. 

Cy«i.QTAND by my fide, you, whom thcGoda 

'i3 have made 
Pnefervers oif qjy Throne Wo is my heart. 
That the poor Soldier, that fo richly fought, 
(Whoft rags fliamM gilded arms i whofe naked bread 
Scept before fhields of proof,) cannot bo focrod : 
He ihall be happy thaccatn ftid him, if 
Our grace xan make hiiq fow - 

BeL • I never faw t 

Sdch noble fury in fo poor a thing : 
Such precious deeds in one that promised nought 
But bc^Vy and poor Lucl^ 

9 Imtmtrfaiw 

Sucb n Alt fury in fo poor a thing i 
S^t fmints 4te$ds in 9$s titet pnntis^d nought 
But heggVy and poor Looks.] But how can it be (M, that 
one. whofe^Mrl^ii promik Se^arf, promUei foor Loais too} 
it was HOC the poor look which w» promiied : that was tilible; 
We mnSt read, 

Bnt itgg^ry and. poor Lvdc. 

This lets the matter right, aud inake^ Stiarims fpeak fenfe and to 
the parpofc. For there was the extraordinary thing ; he promisVl 
BOChiog bot poor Luck^ and yet perform*d all thvi'e wonders. 

Z 4 Cym. 

344^ Ctkbeiin I. 

Cym. ^tydtagsof.him? 

¥if. He hath beeo fearch*d amwg the dead'^nd/' 

living, , .1 ^^' 

But no trace of him. ^ . rt- /• 

Cjw, To my grief, I am 
The heir of his reward ; which I will add 
To you, (the liver, heart, and brain of Britmmi^ ^h 

[Si Bel. Guid, laoMf Arv]f3^ 
^ whom, I grant, (he lives. *Tis now the cone 
To ask of whence you are. Report it. 

Bel. Sir, 
In Cambria are we bom, «nd Gentlemen: 
Farther to boaft, were neither true nor mpdeftt 
Unlcfs I add, we're hondt 

Cyfn. Bow your knee3 } 
Arife my Knights oUh' Ixtttk ; I oeate you 
Companion^ to our perfo^^ and wtf fie ymi . * 

With digAitics becoming your dilates. . 

' Enter Cornelius, and Ladies. 

There's buGncfi in thefe faces:, why fo ladly. 

Greet you our yiftory ? you look like Momaxs^ . ^ 

And not o'th* Court of Brit^m.. 

Cor, Hail, great King ! .. . - 

To four your bappincfs, I mud reporc . 
The Queen is dead. 

Cytn. Whom worfe thftn a phyfid^ 
Would this report become ? but I confider. 
By med'cine life may be prolonged, yet <kath 
Will feize the Dodor too. How ended Ihe ?' 

Cor. With horror, madly dying, likeher&lf; 
Who, being cruel to the world, concluded 
Moft cru?l to her felf. What (he confeft, 
J will report, fo pleafe you; Thefe her women 
Can trip me, if I err ; who, with wet checks. 
Were prefent when (he fini&'d. 

Cym. Pr'ythec, fey. 

C Y M B £ XI K l.r 24S 

Ccr. Firft, (he confefs*d,ite never lorM^ fb0 : <>n}f 
Afiefted Gratt]ie& got by y^ nocydu : 
Married your Royalty, was wife to your Place $ 
AbhorrM your perlbn. * ''-' 

Cfm. She alone knew this: 
And, but flie fpoke it dying, I would not ' 
Bditrelicr lips in opening k. Praceed. 

C^r. Your Daughter, whom ihe bore in hand to . 
With fuch integrity, ihe did confefi^ 
Was as a Icorpion to her fight ; whole life, - 
But that her flight prevented it, flie had 
Ta'en oflr by poifon. 

Cym. O moil delicate fiend! 
Who is*t can read a woman ? is there mdref 

C^. More, Sir, and worfe. She did confel^, ibe had 
For you a mortal mineral i which, being took. 
Should by the minute feed on Kfe, and lingring 
By inches wafte you* In which time (be purposed. 
By watching, weeping, tendance, kiifing, (o 
Overcome yoii with her fhew : yes, and in time, 
(When ihe had fitted you wkh her craft,} to work 
Her fon into th* adoption Of the Crown.* ' 
But filing of her end by hi& fti!ange abience, ' 
Grew ihameleis, defperate i open'd, in deipight 
Of heaven and men, her purpofes : repented; 
The ills ihe hatch\J were not rffeftcd: f<^ ' 
Defpairing, dy^d. 

Cym. Heard you all diis, her Women ? 

Ladf. We did, lb pleaft your Highncfs: 

Cym. Mine eyes 
Were not in £mlt, for (he was beaudfbl t -' ' 
Mine ears, that heard her flattery ; nor my heart. 
That thought her like her Seeming, it had been vicious 
To have miftrufted her. Yet, oh my daughter ! 
That it was folly in me, thdu may 'ft iay,' 
And prove it in thy feeling. Heav^h mierid'ali! 


S C E N E V. 

Eniir Lucius, lachimo, and ctier Koman fri/imrs ^ 
Leonacus iebM^ mti Imogoh 

Thou coin^ft no6|, Cmus^ mow for TribiM s ThM 
The BriiMs hv^ me'^ ouCi though wilh dtt Io& 
Of' many a bold one % whoie kinfmcn haire made (iik^ 
That their good fouls may be appeased with (hiighiyg 
Of you their GaptiveSi which our ftlf bvm graoML 
So, think of your efltotc. 

Luc. Confider, Sir, the chanoe of wat } nhedagr 
Was yours by accident : had it gone with ju^ 
We ihould not, whoi the biood was cold^ I»vo 

Our Priii>fier& with the fiirord^ But (|n£t ihcGods 
Will have it thus^ that nothing but our liwar 
May be ciiJlM ranfeme, kt it come. Suffioetb^ 
A Roman with a^ Jioman^s heart can fuflfer» p ^ i i> 
AUgi^m K^v^ oii'tr-*-^And fo niucit 
For my peculiar care. This one thing Mily* 
I will intrcat : my boy^ a Brkm born. 
Let him^ janfocn'd ;. never naaftec had* 
A page fo kind, fo duteous, diligent,, 
So tender over his«occa(ioQi, true,, 
So feat> fo nurfe-lilbe i. let his virtue join 
With my requeft, which, PlI make bold, jaijrHigjhiM^ 
Cannot deny : he hath done no B/riUn^hitw^ 
Though he hach ierv'd a* Rmmm. Sav0;hiin» Sam^ 
And Ipare no blood befide. 

Qm. Pve forely ieeivhim^ 
His favour is familiar to ta^. Boy> .v . - 
Thou haft lookM thy (elf into my grace,. 
And arc wine Qwm I kxtow not why, nor wheotfeR^ 
To fay^ live, boy : ne'er thank thy maffieiv^ ^ve \ .. 
And af>k of CymheHne what boon thoa witt^. 


C'Y H ]^ B £ T K B« 347 

Fitting my bounty:, and thy ftate, PU give it: 
Yea, though thoi» do demand a priibner) 
The npbleft ta'en, 
• ^a. I humbly thank your Highnefi. 

Luc, I do not bod thee beg my life^ good lad ; 
And yet, I know, thou wilt, 

Imo. No, no, alack. 
There's other work in hand s I fee a thing 
Bitter to me, as death; your life, gQodmaftar, 
Moft fiiuffle for it felf. 

Luc. The boy difdains me. 
He leaves me, (corns me: briefly die their joya^ 
That plate them on the truth of girfe uiA boys! 
Why ftae* be fo pcrpfcxt ? 
- €ynh What would'ft diou, boy ? 
I love thee more and more : think more and mort^ 
What's belt to ask, Knowfl him duitt lookc'ftoii) 

Wikhave hitn Kve?^ is^ be thy kin ? tliy friend? 

Im. He is a Romany no more kin to me^ 
Than I (o your Highnefs : who, bdngboniyoQi^M|9Si)» 
Am fomething nearer. I 

Cym. Wherefore eye'ft him fo ? 

Imo. Vm tell' you, Sir, rn private, if you piealb. r 
To give me hearing. . , • r 

Cynh Ay, with all my heart. 
And lend my bcA attention. Wbat^s tbf name ?■ 

Imo. FUUte^ Sir. 

Cym. Thou art my good* youth, my page^ 
ril be thy maftet : walk with me, fpeak fteAf. 

[Cy mbel. and f mo« WiUk 4jfSdf. 

M. Is not this boy revived from death ^ 

Arv. ' One land another 

I Onifand another 

Ihi mort ftfemHes that /^«/ rtfi^lad^ A ffightieowwp- 
don has made ao&Teofe of this paflage. One mio miglkC icfemble 
anodier, but none a human Ibra. We|(hoiiI4 read, 

Nh m§ri nftmhlii^ than hbtb^ fvQtei rofa lad* 

N w 




Not more rcfembles, than He th* fweet roCie lad, 
Who dyM and was Pidele. What think you ? 

Gtdd. The fame dead thing alive. 

Bel Peace» peace, fte more ; be eyes us not; for- 
Creatures may be alike : were't he, Pm fure^ 
He would have fcoke t'us. 

Guid. Butwe law him dead. 

Bel Be fiknt : let's fee further. 

Pif: 'Tis my miftrds [^Sfc 

Since (he is living, let the time run on. 

To good, or bad; [Gymb. and Imog. come forward. 

Cym. Come, ftand thou by our fide. . , i 

Make thy demand aloud. Sir, Stop you fbrth^ 

\To lacfaiaux 
Give anfwer to this boy, and do it freely \ 
Or, by our Grcatnefs and the Grace of it ,^ 

Which is our Honour, bitter torture fiuu 

Winnow the truth from falflxood On 5 %eak to 


Imo. My boon is, that this GcntkaMui^nay raidpf 
Of whom he had this ring. 

P<^. What's that €0 him? 

Cym. Tiiat diamond upon your finger, fiiy^ 
How came it yours ? 

lacb, Thou'lt torture me to leave uoipoken Tiia% 
Which to be fpoke would torture thee, 

Cym^ How? me? 

lack. I am glad to be conftrain'd tatitcer whjit 
Torments me to conceal. By villany 
I got liiis ring; 'twas Lionaius* jewel. 
Whom thou didft banifli: and (wbj^ Haorc ti^j 

grieve thee. 
As it doth n^) a nobler Sir ne'er liv'd 
^fwisct «fey and grouid. Will you heir more, n^ 

Cym, Ail that belong to this* *^ 


Gym BEL IN E« ^0 

Lub. That;par^pD, chy daughter. 
For whom my heart drops hlood> and my falfe fpirkB 
Quail to remember,— -give mc leave, I feim.' » 

Cym. My daughter, what of her? renew thy 
ftrengch ; 
Pd rather thou (hould'ft live, while nature will. 
Than die ere I hear more : ftrive, man, and fpeak. 

lacb. Upon a time, (uvhzppy was the dock. 
That ftruck the hour it was in iR^i^, (ai^curs^d 
The manfion where) *twas at a feaft, {oh, would 
^r viands had been poifon'd ! or at lead, 
Thoft which I heav'o to head :} the good Ptfibumus^'m 
(What ihould I fay ? he was too good to b^ 
Where ill men were *, and was the beft of all 
Amongft the rar^ft of good ones)— -ficting ladly, 
Hearing us praife our Loves of Itaif 
For Beauty, that made barren the fwell'd BoaH: 
Of him tha[t bed could fpeak ; ^ for feature, laming 
The Ihrine of Venui^ or (Iraight-pight Mhterva^ 
'■ Poftures 

> At tenreiOKia^] Ttatan, fbr propotdcM of pirts, wkicH 
Mr. fheoia/Jnot under Aandingy would alter to J^atmr, 

'firfiaturSf Uuning 

niJbfyne^YenvtB, cr ftraigkt- fight Mmtx%9^ . 

Pofiuns ieyokd brief nature j— ] /. r. The aQcicnt fUtues of 
y^nms and MtMir^a, which exceeded^ Id beauty of exaft propor- 
tMk, aa/ Uving bodied, the work of trie/ mature, i. e. of baHy^ 
onelaborate naturei He gives the fiune chara^er of the beauqr 
of the Antique in jiutouy and Cleofatra : 

O^ir piUMring that VcQii» ^ii^ 'm^fit 
The fancy out-work nature. 

It appears, from a number of fu^h 'pafikges as thefe, that ^ouir 
author was not ignorant of the iine arts. A paiTage in D# Pilti 
C9mrM defeinture par frincipes will "give great light to the beauty 
of the text. — Pen de fentiment out iti partagex fur la beamti de 
r antique, Les getts dWprit qui aixaeat^les beaux arts ont tftimts 
dans totts les teps ces merv«illeiix ouvrngjcs. Horn nte^s dam Us 
macient Auteurt fuaniiti de paffagei eu pour loiier Jea beautez vi- 
Tantes on les comparoit aux fiatues. Ne *uous imagiaez Uit Maxime 
de Ty r) di pouvoir jamais trouver ani htaute natvreUr, fui ie dif- 



C r M « B L I N Bt 

Pofturcs beyond hrki itatiirex ibr « > ndhfaA ^ 
A (hop of all the ifuaifctesy that imm 
Love^ wocnan for; beftckschac hook of wmogi 
Fairnefs, which ftrikcs the eye— — 

Cym. I ftand on fire. 
Come BO the matter. 

lacb, All too fooQ I ifaallv 
Unlefsthou wouldft grieve lqufckly,*--Thh»^.^aWta^ 
(tAott like a noble lord in love, and one 
That hftd a royal lorer) took his hint) 
And, aot difpraifing whom we praised, (diereta 
He was as cahn as vh-tpe) be bepan 
His miftrefir* piAure ) which by his tofigoe bemg naad^ 
And then a mind put in't, cither our brags j^ 

Were crack'd-of kitchen-crulls» or his defcription 
Prov'd us unfpeaking fots. 

Cym. Nay, nay^ oo th* pufpofc. 

lacb. Your daughter's chaftity |— there it b^iiti'} 
He fpake of her, as Dion had hot dreams, 

futi auxftatuis. Ovid, ou ilfait la defcription At Cyllare^ Uji^ 
heau dc Centaures^ dit Qu* il avoit une fi grande viracite ws k 
vi(agc, que le col, les epaules* les mains, & 1* eftoniac en ecoieiinl 
beaux qu' on pouvoit affurcr qu' en tout cc qu'il aVoit de rhomttC 
c'ecoit la xneme beauie que Ton remarque dans les ftatues lespbl 
parfaites. ^t Philoftrate, parlant dc la beaatc de tieoptoUme^ ^ 
de la refTenribfance qu' il avoh avec Ton pere AchilU^ dit, Qo^es 
beaute (on pere avoit autant d* avantage fur lui que les ftattitsy 
oDt fur les beaux hqmmes. Les aoteurt jnodernes oQic ftiM A 
memes fentimens fur la heautt de PAnHque. Je reporterai fipl^ 
tntnt celui de Scaliger. Le Moyen, dit ii^ qae noas pui^faS 
rien voir qui aproche de la perie&'on des belles ilatu^, ptti(l|tt^ il 
eft permts a 1 * art de choifir, de rccrancher» d* adjoAter, de 
dinger, &qu*au concrarie, la nature s*eft Conjoiiri atteree dcptil 
la creaticn du premier hoxnme ea qui Dieu joignk la .beaute 4e % 
forme i celle de 1* innocence. This lad quotation from S^eJ^ 
well explains what Shakejpear meant by , 

Brief Nature % 

/. #4 inelabt^atCt hady, and carelefs as to the elegance of feftfr 
in refped of «r/, which ufes the peculiar addi«f0» ibtfre bepliiM^ 
to arrive at peiftdioa. 



And (healooevcrecdd; wberett» I* wretdi{»»'«--^ 

Made fcruple of his praife; and wig'd with hhn 

Pieces of goidt 'gainft This which chen he wore 

Upon his honour*d fiager» to atuin 

In ikic the place of *s bed. and win this ring 

By hers and mine adultery. He, true Knight^ 

No leiier of her honour confident 

Than I did truly find her« ftakes this ring i 

And would ib^ had it been a carbuncle 

Of Pbabuf wheel i and might fo fafely, had it 

Been all the wonh of 's Qr. Away to Brihom 

Poft I in this defign : well nmy yoti. Sir, 

Remember me at court, where I was taught 

1^ your chafte daiighter the wide dificrence 

' Twixt amorous^ and villainous. B 'ing thus quenched 

Of Hope, not Longing, nHne lialian brain 

'Gaa in your duller Mrit^me operate 

MoQ vilely : for my vantage excellent ; 

And, to be brief, my practice fo prevaird« 

That I rcturn'd with fimular proof enough 

To make the noble Leonatus mad. 

By wounding bis belief in her renown. 

Wish tokens thus, and thus; averring notes 

Of chamber- hanging, pi&ures, this her bracelet; 

(Oh, cunning ! how t got it) nay, fbme marks 

Of fecret on her perfon ; that he could not 

But think her bond of chaility quite crack'd, 

I having ta*en the forfeit ; whereupon, 

Methinks, I fee him now — - 

Pcfi. Ay, fo thou do'ft, [Coming fsnvard. 

lialian fiend! ah me, moft credulous fool. 
Egregious murtherer, thief, anything 
That's due to all the villains pail, in Being, 
To come — oh, give me cord, or knife, or poiCoa^ 
Some upright jufticer! Thou, King, fend out 
For torturers ingenioui ; it is I 
That ail th' abhorred things o' th' earth amend. 

^^2 Cyuiuline. 

By beiM worfe than tt^^ I am Ps ^imms 
That kiu^d thy daughter ;— -villain-Iikc^ I lie % 
That causM' a lefler villain than my&If» 
A facrilegious thief, to do*t* The temple 


Of virtue was (he, yea, and She herfell 
Spit^ and throw ftones, caft mire upon me, iet 
The dog o* th' ftreet to bay me : every viUam 
Be call'd Poftbumus LeonatuSy and 

Be villany kfs than *twas! Oh Imogen! 

My Queen, my life, my wife ! oh Imogen^ 
Imogen^ Imogen! 

Imo. Peace, my lord, hear, hew— - 

Pofi. Shali's have a Play of this? 
Thou fccMrnful page, there lie thy pact, 

{Strikk^ ier^ Jbe/aOs. 

Pi/. Oh, gentlemen, help. 
Mine, and your miftrels — -Ob, my lordP^bmrnu! 
You ne'er kill'd Imogen 'till now— ~*help, . lielp^ 
Mine honoured lady 

Cym. Does the world go round ? 

Poft, How come thefe ftaggers on nae ^ 

Pif. Wake, my miftrels ! 

Cym. If this be ib, the Gods do mean toftrikc M 
To death with mortal joy. 

Pif, How fares my miftrefs ? 

Imo. O, get thee from my fight ; 
Thou gav'ft me poifon : dangerous feikM^ heaoe! 
Breathe not, where Princes are. 

Cym. The tune of Imogen! 

Pi/. Lady, the Gods throw ftones of fulphur on me, 
If what I gave you was not thought by me« 
A precious thing : I had it from the ^ 

Cym. New matter ftill i 

Imo. It poifon'd me. 

Car. OhGodsi 
I left out one thin^" which rfie Queen conitfiM, 
Which idtift'approvc thee tendt If Pifimh 


Gymbelinb. j5^ 

Have, fetd fhe ^ giv*n his miftrefi that ooDfiE&ioo^ 

Which t gave him for cordial, ihe is ienr*d 

As I would fcrve a rat. ^ 

Cym. Whacks this, Cornelius ? 

Cor. The Queen, Sir, very oft importuned mt 
To temper poilbns for herj ftill pretending 
The fatis&Srion of her knowledge, only 
In killing creatures vile, as cats and dogs 
Of no efteem ;, I, dreading that her purpofe 
Was of more' danger, did compound for her 
A certain ftufF, which, being ta*en wbuld feize i 
The prefent power of life ; but, in Ihort tioje. 
All offices of nature ihould again 
I>o their due ilinftions. Have you ta^en of it? 

Imo. Mod like I did, for 1 was dead* 

BeL My boys, there was our error. 

-iSidd. This is, fure, Fidek. 

Imo. Why did you throw your wedded lady fix^m 
' Think, that you are upon a mock, and now 
Throw me again. [Throwing ber arms about bis nuk. 

Poft. Hang there like fruit, my foul, * 
-•Till the tree die ! 

Cym. How now, my flefh ? my child ? 
What, mak'ft thou me a dullard in this aft? 
Wilt thou not fpeak tdrme? 

Jn». Your Bleiling, Sir. \KneeJing. 

BeL Tho' you did love this youth, I blame you not. 
You had a motive for*t. \t6 Guid. Arvir. 

3 Thinks that J9U art upon a rock» and now 

nrmm me again."] What occafioned diefe words, wit hcr 
iMuband's ftrfictag ha before he knew her» and iayii^ 
Shalt s bave\a Play of this, 

7kom icomfbl Pagt, ihm lyediy part* 
So that *dt plain the tme reading ii, 

fjUmk ehatym art 9fm « jAO«K« 
f. €. a £utx, a lli^-play. Be&dei, die comoMiiiaribg »aMd 

^ot. Vn. As Op^ 

354 Cymbeline, 

Cym. My tears, that fall. 
Prove holy- water on thee! Imogen j 
Thy mothci's dead. 

Jmo. Vm forry for't, my lord. 

Qm. Oh, fhe was naught ; and long of her it was, 
That we meet here (o ftrangely ; but her fon 
Is gone, we know not how, nor where. 

Pif. My lord. 
Now fear is from me, V\l fpcak truth. Lord Cfo/eu, 
Upon my lady's miffing, came to mc 
With Jiis fword drawn, foam'd at the mouth, and 

If I difcover'd not which way Ihe went. 
It was my inftant death. By accident 
I had a feigned letter of my matter's 
Then in my pocket ; which direfted her 
To feek him on the mountains near to Milord: 
Where, in a frenzy, in my matter's garnnents. 
Which he inforc'd from me, away he potts 
With unchafte purpoie^j^iid with oath to violate 
Mv lady's honour: What became of him, 
I further know not. 

Guid. Let mc end the ftory 5 
I flew him there. 

Cym. Marry, the Gods &|fefend ? 
I would not, thy good d^^'ftggild from my lips 
Pluck a hard fcntcnce: pr*yth^; valiant youth, 
Deny*t again. 

Guid, rVe fpoke it, and I did it. 

Cym. He was a Prince. 

Guid. A moft incivil one. The wrongs he did me, 
Were nothing prince-like; for he did provoke me 
With language that would make me fpurn the fea, 
Could it fo roar to mc. I cut ofF's head ; 
And am right glad, he is not ttanding here 
*To teil this lale of mine. 

Cym. Vm forry for thee ; 



By thine own tongue thou art condemn'd^ and mud 
Ejidure our law : chou'rt dead. 

Imo. That headleis man 
I thought had been my lord. 

Qwo. Bind the offender. 
And take him from our preience. 

Bel. Stay, Sir King, 
This man is better than the man he flew. 
As well defcended as thyfeif ; and hath 
More of thee merited, than a band of Clotens 

Had ever fcar for.- Let his arms alone ; ' . 

[To tbi Guard. 
They were not born for bondage. 

Cym. Why, old Soldier, 
Wilt thou undo the worth thou art unpaid for, 
^ By halting of our wrath } how of defcent 
As good as we ? 

Arv, In that he fpake too far. 

Cym. And thou (halt die for't. 

BeL We will die all three. 
But I will prove, that two on*s are as good 
As I've giv'n out of him. My fons, I mufl:,' 
For my own part, unfold a dangerous fpeech. 
Though, haply, well for you. 

Arv. Your danger's ours. 

Quid. And our good, his. 

Bel. Have at it then, by leave : 
Thou had'ft, great King, a ful^edt, who was calPd 

Cym. What of him ? a banifli*d traitor* 

Bel. He it is, that hath 

4 B^TASTivo^/our 4urii/i&?— ] Bot bow did Btlarius 
mrndd or forfeit his merit by tafiit^ or feeliog tlie King's wtaUi I 
We ihoold ready 1 

By HAzr iVG of our nurathf ■ ■ 

i. §. by hafteobg, provdcing ; and as fuch a provocation is ttiidu« 
dfiil, the demerit, confeqaently, undoes or nudees void his former 
worth, and aH pretenfions to reward. 

A a £ Afium'd 

356 Cymbelin e, 

Aflum'd this age ; indeed^ a banifh'd man ; 
1 know not how» a traitor, 

Cym. Take him hence. 
The whole world fhall not fave him. 

Bel. Not too hot : 
Firlt, pay me for the nurfing of thy fons ; 
And let it be confilcatc all, lo foon 
As I've received it. 
Cym. Nurfing of my fims? 
BeL I am too blunt, and faucy •» here's my^ knee : 
* Ere 1 jifife, I will prefer my fons. 

Then fpare not the old father. Mighty Sir, 
Thcfe two young gentlemen, that call me father. 
And think they are my fons, arc none of mine; 
They arc the iffue of jour loins, my liege. 
And blood of your begetting, 
Cym. How ? my iffue ? 

Bel. So furc, as you» your father's: I, old Mor^ax^ 
Am that Belarius whom you fometime banifii'd ; 
Your pleafurc was my near offence, my punifhment 
Itfelf, and all my creafon: That I fuffer^d. 
Was all the harm I did. Thcfe gentle Princct 
(For fuch and fo they are,) thefe twenty years 
Have I train'd up | fuch arcs they have, as I 
Could put into them. ^\t^ my breeding was, 
As your Grace knows. Their nurfe EttfijpbiU^ 
Whom for the theft I wedded, ftolc thcfe children 
Upon njy banifliment: 1 mov'd her to'tj 
Having received the punifliment before. 
For That which I did then. Beaten for loyalty, 
Excited me to treafon. Their dear Ipfe, 
The more of you 'twas felt, the m6rc it (hap'd 
Unto my end of dealing them, l^r. Sir, 
Here are your fons again ; and I muft lofe 
Two of Che fweet*(l companions in the world. 
The benediftion of thcfe covering heav*ns 
Fall on their heads like dew! for chey are worthy 


* To in-lay hcav*n with ftara. 

Cym. Thouwccp*ft, and ipeak'ft : 
The fcrvicc, that you three have done, is more 
Unlike, than this thou teirft. I loft my children' 
If thefe be they, I know not how to wifh 
A pair of worthier Tons. 

JBeL Be pleas'd a while ■ 
This gentleman, whom I call Paladour^ 
Mod worthy Prince, as yours, is true Guidertus: 
This gendeman, my Cadwally jtrviragus^ 
Your younger princely fon ; he, Sir, was lapt 
1 n a mod curious mantle, wrought by th' hand 
Of his Queen-mother, which, for more probation, 
I can with cafe produce. 

Cym. Guiderius had 
Upon his neck a mole, a (anguine ftar i 
It was a mark of wonder. 

Bel. This is he ; 
Who hath upon fiim dill that natural ftamp ; 
It was wife Nature's end, in the donation. 
To be his evidence now. 

Cym. Oh, what am I 
A mother to the birth of three ! ne'er mother 
Rejoic'd deliverance more } bleft may you be, 
That, after this ftrange darting from your orbs^ 
You may reign in them now ! oh Imogen^ 
Thou'ft lod by this a kingdom. 

Imo. No, my lord; 
Pve got two worlds by't. Oh, my gentle brothers. 
Have we thus met ? ph, ricvpr fay hereafter. 
But I am trued fpeaker. You calFd me brother. 
When I was but your fider: I, you brothers^ 
When ye were fo, indeed. 

5 To in-lay hiont^n nvitb fimri'] Tlie thought is in chanAer» 
aiKi Endy cxprei&d : It al]ucl«» to tke toS&om q£ deifying heroic 
men, and coixverdog :liem into iUr$« 

A a 3 Cym. 


358 Cymbsline. 

Cym. Did you e'er meet ? 
Arv. Ay, my good lord. 
Guid. And at fir ft meeting lovM ; 
Continued (o^ until we thought he died. 
Cor. By the Queen's dram (he fwallowM. 
Cym* O rare inftindi: ! 
When {hall I hear all through? this fierce abridgment 
Hath to it circumftantial branches, which 
Diftinftion (hould be rich in. — Where ? how liv*d you? 
And when came you to ferve our Roman captive ? 
How parted with your brothers ? how firft met them? 
Why fled you from the court? and whither? — ^Thefe^ 
And your three motives to the battle, with 
I know not how much more, (hould be demanded i 
And all the other by-dependances 
From chance to chance: but not the time, norplac^ 
Will ferve long interrogatories. See, 
Poftbumus anchors upon Imogen ; 
And (he, like harmlefs lightning, throws her eye 
On him, her brothers, me, her mafterj hitting 
Each objedt with a joy. The counter-change 
Is fev'raUy in all. Let's quit this ground. 
And fmoak the temple with our facri flees. 
Thou art my brother j Co we'll hold thee ever. 

[7> Belarios. 
Imo. You are my father too, and did relieve m^ 
To fee this gracious fealbn ! 

Cym. All o'er-joy*d. 
Save thefe in bonds : let them be joyful too. 
For they (hall tafte our comfort. 

Jmo. My good mafter, 
I will yet do you (ervice. 
Luc. Happy be youj 

Cym. Tm forlorn foldier, that (b nobly fought. 
He would have well become this place, and grac'd 
The thankings of a King. 
Poft. Tislam, Sir, 


C y MB E L I N 1. 3J9 

The fbldier, that did company thefe three. 
In poor Befeeming : *twas a Bcment for 
The purpofe I then foUow'd. That I was he, 
Speak, lachimoy I had you down, and might 
Have made your finifh. 

Jacb. I am down again : 
But now my heavy confcicnce finks my knee, [Kkeels. 
And then your force did. Take that life, 'befeech you, , 
Which I lb often owe: hut, your ring firft -, 
And here the bracelet of the trueft Princefs, 
That ever fwore her faith. 

Poftu Kneel not to me : 
The power, that I have on you, is to fpare you : . 
The malice towards you, to forgive you. Live, 
And deal with others better i 

Cym. Nobly doom*d : 
We'll learn our freenefs of a fon-in-law ; 
Pardon's the word to ail. 

jtru. You help'd us. Sir, 
As you did mean, indeed, to be our brother; 
Joy'd are we, that you are. 

Poft. Your (ervant^ Princes, Good my lord of Rcmej 
Call forth your Soothfayer. As I Oept, methought. 
Great Jt^ter^ upon his eagle back'a. 
Appeared to me, with other fprightly ihews 
Or mine own kindred. When 1 wak'd, I found 
This label on my bofom *, whole containing 
Is to from ienfe in hardneis, that I can 
Make no coUefUon of it. Let him fhew 
His skill in the con(lru6tion. 

Iau. Pbilarmofnts^^^-"^ 

Sootb. Here, my good Lord. 

Luc. Read, and declare the meaning. 

T^HENas a liotf s whelp jhdly io bimfelf unhmmj 
" without feehng find^ and be embra^d kf a piece of 
tender air ; and when from a fiatetf cedar /ball be kpt 

A a 4 brancbesp 

360 Cymbeline. 

branches ^ whicb^ being dead many yeats^JbailafUr revive^ 
be jointed to the old ftock^ and fr^fy gr^w \ then findl 
Poithumus end his miferiesy Bricaine be fortunate^ and, 
fiourijb in peace and plenty. 

Thou, Leonatusj art the lion's whelp ; 
The fit and apt conftruftion of thy namc^. 
Being Leonatus^ doth import fo much : 
The piece of tender air, thy virtuous daughter, 

[To Cymbeline. 
Which we call Mollis Aer ; and Mollis Aer 
We term it MuHer : which Mulier^ I divine. 
Is this moft conftant wife ; who, even now, 
Anfwering the letter of the Oracle, * ' ' 
Unknown to you, unfought, were dipt about 
With this moft tender air- 
Cym. This has fome Teeming. 
Sooth. The lofty cedar, royal Cymbetiney 
Ferfonates thee ; and thy lopt branches point 
Thy twp fons forth : who, by Belariiu ftorn. 
For many years thought dead, are now revivMi 
To the majefttck cedar joined ; whofe Ifllie 
Fromifes Britaine peace and plenty. 

Cym. My peace we will bq^in, aikl, Caius Ijmst 
Although ^e vidor, we fubmit to Ce/ar^ 
And to the Roman Em fire i promiiing,. 
To pay our wonted tribute, from the wj^ch 
We were difiuaded by our wicked Quc^ ; 
On whom heav*n*sjuftice (both onW, and hers) 
Hath laid moft heavy hand. 

Scotb. The fingers of the Powers above do tuoe 
The harmony of this peace : the vifion. 
Which I miic known to Lucius ere the ftrokc 
Of this yet fcaroe-cold battle, at this inftanc 
Is full accpmplifli'd. For the Roman eagle. 
From fouth tp weft on wing (baring aloft, 
Jjeflen'd herfelf, and in the beanos o'th* fun 
So vanilh*d i which fore*lhew'd our princely eagle. 

C T M BeXl K E. 36c 

Th' iinperial C^efart fliould again unite 
His ^voiU' with the radiant Cymbetine^ 
Which fliines here in the weft, 

Cym. Laud we the Gods! 
And let the crooked fmoaks climb to their Noftrll) 
From our bleft altan! publifli we this Peace 
To all our Subjects. Set we forward : let 
A Roman and a Briiijb Enfign wave 
Friendly together i fo through hud's town march : 
Aod in the Temple of great Jitter 
Our Peace wc'il ratitie. Seal it with feafts. 
Set on, there; Never was a War did ceafe, 
^rc bloody hands were walli'd, with fuch a Peace. 

lExeunt emits. 


• * 



T R I L U S 


C R E S S I D A. 


JN Troy, there lies tbefcene : from JJUs ofGrecct 

The Princes orgillous^ their high blood chapd^ 
Hitoe to the Port of Athens fent their Jhips^ 
Fraught mth the minifters and inftruments 
Of cruel war. Sixty and nine^ that wore 
Their Crownets regain from tF Athenian iaj^ 
Put forth toward Fhrygia, and their vow is madi 
jo ranfack Troy ; within whofeftrong Immures^ 
The ravi/h*d Htktij Menelaus* ^^^, 
lyith wanton Paris Jkeps ; and Thafs the parrel. 

S> Tcnedos they come 

jtnd the deep-drawing Barks do there dijgorge 
Their warlike fraughtage . Now on Dardan plains^ 
Tbefre/hy and yet unbruifedy Greeks do pitch 
Their brave Pavillions. Priam' j^/Ev Gates ?tV Gty^ 
(Dardan, la^^Thymbria, Ilia, Scsea, Troian, 
jind Antenorides,) with maffyfiaples 
And correfponfive and fulfilling boltSj 

» Sperre up thefom of Troy. ► 

JVw expectation tickUng skittifb fpirits 

On one and other Jide^ Trojan and Greek, 

Sets all on hazard. And hither am I come 

A Prologue amfd^ {but not in confidence 

Of Asithor^s peny or Adores voice ; butfuited 

Jn Uke conditions as our Argument y) 

To tellyou^ {fair Beholders) that our play 

heaps (ferthe vaunt andfirftRngf of thofe broils^ 

^Ginning ftV middle : ftarting thence away^ 

To what may be digefted in a Play. 

Uke^ or find fault ^-'-^''^j as your pleafures are % 

Uow good^ or badj Uis but the chance of war. 

kirre mp the foms pf TroT^I Valfl^ CotstSuoi, at in the 
by Mr. fbeMd. 



Dramatis Perfonae. 









A bajiard Son of Priam. 

Aganiemnon, 1 











Helen, Wife to Meoelaus, in Lave with Paris. 
Andromache, fFife iolit&Qr. 
Caflandra, Daugbier to Priam, a Pn^beto/s. 
Creflida, Dat^ter tg Galchas, in kve with Troiba. 

Alexander, Creflida'j JkCw • 
BPS Pago toTtdi)m. 

Trqan and Greek SokSers^ witb other Attendants. 
SCENE, Troy; and tbe Grecian Camfj ^fmit. 

^Troilus and Creffida. 


The Palace /« T r o y. 

Enter Pandarus and Troilus. 

T a o I L IT s. 

!A LL here my varlet; I'll unarm again. 
Why ftiould I war without the walh of 
That find fuch croel battle here within ?. 
Each Trojan^ that is tnafter of his heart, 
Lethim to field i TrofA^j, alas ! hath none. 
Pan. Will this geer ne'er be mended ? 
Trot. *■ The Greeks are ftrong, and skilful to their 

I Treihi and CreJ}fi».'\ Before thia play of Irribit ««/ 
Cttffiia, printed in 1609, is a bookfelkr'i prelacy fhewinK tfaM 
firfi impreffioR to have been before the pUy hid been afica, and 
thu it wu pabliOteil withoat Sbaktffar't koowtedge, from s 
cop}' that had fall'ii into tlie bot^fdler's handi. Mr. DryJtM 
thuiki tiiisone of the iirfi of oar aathor't pl>f*: bat ontheoQB- 
tntj, it may be judged from the forementieDed prcbce that it 
wai one of hii laft < and the gmc Baoiber of obCervatiaiu both 
moral and politick, (with which thii ^ece ii crowded moie than 
aaj other of hit) Icnai to oonfiim my opimioa. Mr. P^. 


368 Troilus and Cressida* 

* Fierce to their ski!!, and to tlieir fierccne f$ valiant. 
« Bjc I am weaker than a wonun*s tear, 

* Tamer than flcep, * fonder than ignorance j 

* Lets valiant than the virgin in the night, 

* Andskill-1elsasunpraftis*d infancy. 

Pan. Well, I have told you enough of this : for my 
part, ril not meddle nor make any farther. He, that 
will have a cake out of the wheat, muft Meds tarry 
the grinding. 

froi. Have I not tarried x 

Pan. Ay, the grinding; but you muft tarry die 


froi. Have I not tarried ? 

Pan. Ay, the boulting ; but you muft tarry dit 

leavening. . 

Trot. Still have I tarried. 

Pan. Ay, to the Icav'ning : but here's yiei in die 
word hereafter, die kneading, the making of die 
cake, the heating of the oven, and the baking ; nay, 
you muft ftay the cooling too, or you may chance to 

burn your lips* 

Trot. Piticnce hcrfelf, what Goddefi c*cr Ihe be^ 
Doth Icffer blench at fufFcrancc, than I do. 
At Priam^s royal uble do I fit 5 
And when fair Creffid comes into my thoughti. 
So, traitor ?— when ftic comes ? whenbfliethenct? 

^Pan. Well, fhe lookM yefternight fairer than ever I 
faw her look, or any woman clfc. 

Troi. I was about to tell thee, when my hcart» 
As wedged with a figh, would rive in twain. 
Left HeScr or my father fliould perceive mc ; 
I have (as when the fun doth light a ftorai> 
Buried this figh in wrinkle of a fmile : 
But forrow, that is couchM in Teeming gbdnefi^ 
Is like that mirth Fate turns to fudden ladncli. 

bukx tham igM$ramce 1} JWirr, far moft ckildift. 


TjioiLus and Cressida. 369 

Fm. An her haur were not fbmewhac darker than 
Helen^% — well, go to, there were no more comparifon 
between the women. But, for my part, fhe is my 
kinfwoman %. I would not (as they term it) praife her— 
but I would, ibmebody had heard her talk yefterday, 
%a i did : I will not dilpraiie your filler Cajfandra\ 
wit, but,« 

trou O Prnidarus! I tell thee, Paniarus--'-^ 
When I do tell thee, there my hopes lye drown'd. 
Reply not in how many fathoms deep 
They lye indrench'd. I tell thee, I am mad 
In QreJJid^s love. Thou anfwer'ft, (he is fair ^ 
Pour^ft in the open ulcer of my heart 
Her eyes, her hok, her cheek, her gate, her voice % 
Mandleft in thy diicourfe— O that ! her hand ! 
(In whole comparifon, all whites are ink 
Writing their own reproach) to whole loft lelzure 
The cignet's down is harlh,^ and (fpite of lenlc) 
Hard as the palm of plojighman. This thou tell'd me i 
(As> true thou teirH me;) when I lay,. 1 Jove her : 
But laying thus, inllead of oil and balm. 
Thou lay*&, in every galh that k)ve hath given me, 
The knife that made it. 

Pan. I fpeak no more than truth. 

Trot. Thou doft not fpeak lb much. 

-Pan. 'Faith, Til not meddle Jn't. Let her be as . 
(he is, if Ihe be fair, 'tis (he better for hec ; and (he 
be not, '^ ihe has the 'mends. 10 her own hands. 

Troi. Good Pimdarus i how now, Pandarus? 

end s 

ftUm of ploughman, — ] Read, and 

Hard at the falm of ploughman, — ] Read, and* (spitb rf 
fin ft) in a parenchefis. The meaning is, tho* oar fcDfes contra* 
di£t it never {Ki mach, yet the cignet*s down is not only harfh* 
when coniDared to the foftnefs of Criffi£% hand, h$u hard at thi 
band of fiongbman. Sfite^ I fuppoie^ . was firft corrupted cq 
f^rite^ and from thence arofe^iV/7. 

d^Jhi-hms the * minds in htr (nxn hands.] /, e, flie may paint 
and* mend h^ complexion. 

-. Vol. Vll. Bb Pan. 

37^ Troilus and Cressida; 

Tm. I have had my labour for my travel, ill thought 
on of her^ aixl ill diot^ic QiXif you { gone becweeD aod 
between, hutiinall thanks for my labour. 

Iroi. What, art thou angry, Pemiarus f whiC, with 

Pan. fiecaufe fhe is kin ^ me, therefore iWa MC 
(b fair as Helen \ and (he were not kiii to mcj flie 
would be as fair on Friday^ as Helen is on SumUff. But 
what care I? I care not, an fhe wq'c.a black^a^moor j 
'cis all one to me. 

Trot. Say I, ilie is not fak- ? 

Pan. I do not care whether you do or no. Shefsa- 
fool to ftay behind her father ; iet her to the Gnth^ 
and (b PU tell her the next time I iee her : for my 
part,. VU meddle nor make no more iW matter. 

fTroi. Pandanu^'t 

Pan. Not I. 

Troi. Sweet Pandarus^- 

Pan. Pray you, fpeak no moie to me ; I will leave 
all OS I found it, and there's an end. {Enii Faodanii. 


Jroi. Peace, you ungracKMSclamnurs! peace, iwk 
Fools on both Mts.^-^Helen muft needs be fur. 
When with your blood you daily paint her dius* 
I cannot fight upon this argument. 
It is too llarv'd a fui:yed for my fword : 
But Pandarusr^ — O Gods! how do you plague me! 
I cannot come to O^, but hfPatubri 
And he's as teachy to be woo'd to wooe. 
As (be is (lubborn-chafl: againft all fate. 
Tell me, jfpollo^ for thy Datpbne's love, 
"WhatCr^^is, what Paifdar^ and what we: 
Her bed is India^ there (he lyes, a pearl: 
Between our Iliumj and where (he refides, 
Lee it be call'd the wild and wandering flood } 


Tftotus and Crb^sida. 3^1 

Our felf tlie morchant, and this fiuling Pmdar^ 
OirdoiAlfid hope^^ our oonvof, and our bark. 

'€ C E N E n. 

IJknm.'} Entir jEneas. 

^nc. How noWs Prince Troiks? whcrejbrc nor 
?th* field i 

Trot. Becaufe not there ; this woman's anfwer forts. 
For womanifh it is to be from thence : 
What news, JEneasj from the field to day f 

JEne^ That Paris is returned hom^ and hurt. 

Trot. By whom, jEneas ? 

JEne. Troiksy by Menelaus. 

Trot. Let Paris bleed, *tis but a fear to fcorn : 
Paris is gor*d with Memlau^ horn. [Aktrtm. 

JEne. Hark, what good (port is out of town to day f 

: Trot. Better at home, if would I mgbt, were iwoy-^ 
But to the fport abroad-— —are you bound thither ? 

JEmo. In aH fwift hafte. 

Troi. Come, go we then together. [£x^w/ii 


Changes to a puhlick Street ^ near the Wallf 

of T^oy. 

Mnter Crefllda, W her Servant. 

O/.IT 7 H O were tliofe went by? 
W Ser. Queen Hecuba and HiUn. 

Cre. And whither go they i 

Serv. Up to th* eaftern tower. 

Whole height commands as fubjeA all the vale. 

To fee thefigbt. ^ HcSotj whofe patience 


h, mi A YifcTvt, /»•/— ^] Patience fare vm a virtue, 

B b 2 «»^ 

^^2 Troilus and Cres&ida. 

Is, as the Virtue, fix'd, to day was mov'd : 
He chid Jndr^macbej and ftruck his armorer % 
And like as there were husbandry in war, 
7 Before the Sun rofc, he was harneft light. 
And to the field goes he ; where ev'ry flower 
Did as a prophet weep what it fore&w. 
In Jie^or*s wrath. 

Cre. What was his caufc of anger? 

Ser. The noifc goes thus j There is among the Greeh 

and therefore caonot, in propriety of expreffion, beiaid to be liii 

one. We fhooid read, 

/i as THE Virtue J!x*d. 

I. e. hit patience is as fixed as the Goddefs Patience itMf. So we 

£nd Tr$ilu a Uttle before faying. 

Patience herfielf m;hai Goddefs ire flte ht^ 
Doth Uffkr hltnch atfufferanct than I do, 

If k remarkable that Dryden when he alterM this play, andfoond 
^it fidfe rcadinf » aiterM k with judgment to^ 

■■ • • ■ nnhofi patiinee 
L fix'd like that of Heaven. 

which he wduld not have done had he feen the tight reading 
here gives, where his thought xs fo much better and nobler 

7 Before the Smn rofe, he nvaj harneft lightj Does the fott 
mean ({ays Mr. Theobald) that HtGioi bad ptit on light armoart 
mean ! what elfe could he mean ? He goes to fight on foot ; and 
was . not that the armour for his purpofe. So Fairfax in fafii 

The other Princes pmt on baxneh light 
Js footmen nfe ■ 

Yet, as if this had been the higlieft abfurdity, he goes on. Or dus 
he mean that HedUar njoms J^rightly in his arms e^en before fiao' 
rife? or is a tonnndmm a$m*d at^ in Snn rofe and harneft light f 
Was any thing iike it ) biit toget out of this perplexity, he tdb 
US that « niety flight aUoration makes all thefe eonftrm&itns nn- 
ntceffarj^ and fo changes it ta hamefs-dight. Yet indeed the 
very flighteft alteration will at any time let the poet's fenfe thro^ 
the critic*s fingers: And the Oxford Editor very contentedly 
takes up with, what is left behind, and reads harnefs-dight toob in 
order, zd Mr. Theobald well czpreffes it. To make all conftrwMioo 

Tftoitus and Cressida. 

A lord of ^rtyan blood, nephew to HeSlory 
They call him Ajax. 

Ore. Good \ and what of him ? 

Ser. They lay, he is a very mzn per fe^ andftands 

Cre. So do all men, unlefs they are drunks Tick, or 
have no legs. 

Ser. This man, lady, hath robb'd many beads of 
their particular additions ; he is as valiant as the lyon, 
churliih as the bear, flow as the elephant ; a man 
into wtiom Nature hath (b crouded humours^ * that 
his valour is crufted into folly, jiis folly fauped with 
difcretion : there is no man hath a virtue, that he has 
not a glimpfe of s nor any man an attaint, but he 
carries fome (lain of it. He ia melancholy without 
caufe, and merry againft the hair ; he hath the joints 
of every thing, but every thing fo out of joint, that 
he is a gouty Briar eusy many hands and no ufe ^ or 
purblin(r^rj:«J, all eyes and no fight. 

Cre. ' Bat how fliould this man, that makes me 
fmile, make HeSor^ngry ? 

Ser. They fay, he yefterday cop*d He£lor in the 
battle and ftruck him down, the difdain and ftiamc 
whereof hath ever fince kept He^Jor fafting apd 

8 ihai his vahur 1/ .crush t »*** /^%» ^'^ folfy fauad with 
di/crHioa :] FsUmr crm/ht into folly is nonfenfe; but it is of the 
£rft editor's making ; who iiceing crouded go before, coDcluded 
that cruflift (which is ofc indeed the confequence) muft needs fol- 
low. H^ did not obferve that the poec4iere employs a Kitchen- 
metaphor/ which would have led him to the true reading. His 
nuilmir is crusted int^ fi^bf his folly iauced nnith difcretion. 
Thos b Ajoix diflicd up by the poet. The expreflion is humourous. 
His temper is reprefented as fo .hot that his valour becomes over- 
bakxd, and fo is crufted or hardened into folly or temerity : yet 
the hardne^ of his folly vsfauced or foftened with difcretioD, an4 
/o made plataUc. 

B b 3 SCENE 


AJA. TrOILUS aftJ CftB8«tDA* 

*S C E N fi IV. 

Ei$ter Fandanu. 

0#. Who comes here ? 

Ser. Madam, your uncle Pandarus^ 

Cre. ffeSfar*s a gallant man. 

Ser. As may be in the world, lady. 

Pan. What's that ? what's that ? 

Cre* Good morrow, undc Pandarui. 

Pan. Good morrow, coufih Cr^i Ivhat do you 
talk of ? ' Good morrow, jilexdndtri'^how do yooi 
coulin ? when were you at Hium f 

Cre. This mornings uncle. , 

Pan.yfhzt were you talking otflifnfn I came? 
was Heilor arm*d and gone, ere yoit ca4ie to Mm f 
Helen was not up? w^ ihe? 

Cre. HeSor was gone; but Helen wits not lip. 

Pan. E'en ib ; neSor was ftirring early. 

Cre. That were we talking of, and of his anger. 

Pan. Was he angry? 

Cre. So he fays, here. 

Pan. True, he was fo ; I know the caille too : he^U 
lay about him to day, I can te)l ihem that y and there's 
Troilus will not come ^aV behind him, let them take 
heed of Troilus $ I can tell them that too. 

Cre. What is he angry too ? 

Pan. Who, TroifusT-^^Troifus is the better man of 
the two. 

Cre. Oh, Jupiter \ ther^^s no conipaHfon. 

Pan. What, nOt*b6t\vVcn troilus zxiA'Heffd^f do 
you know a man, if you fee him i 

Cre. Ay, if I ever law him before, and knew him^ 

Pan. Well, I fay, ttoilus is rroilns. 

Cre. Then you fay, as I fay ; for, t am fure, he 
U not Heif or. 

9 Good morrow, Alexander ;] -This is added in all the editioat 
very abfiirdly, Paris not being on tkc flage, Mr. Poft. 


Troilus ami CxisaiDk. 375 

^494 Na» Mt Hiffcrk nqt TrcUnsy in fomt dcgiees; 

Cn. *Tis juft to each of them, he 19 bknlelf. 

Pan. Hin)felf ? alas, pVxTmkf! I 'vrouM, be warc« 

Of. So he is. 

i^« 'Condition^ I bad gone bare-foot to liutia. 

Cf€. He is not f/r^br« 

Pm. Himieif f noi he's not hiQ^fi Vbuld* he 
were himfelf I well, the Gods ar« above > time mutt 
fMedd^ Of eddi^ well, 2r<>//##, welj, I would, my 
htirt If erf hi her body !•— — -lit), He£l9r is not a better 
inan than Tmlus. 

Of. EKuft mtf. 

Pirn Heisikkr* 

€Sr^ . Par^pn (ne, pardon m^. 

Pm TV other's not a>me jto^ 1 you (bo}l tell me 
aootlM tale; yfhtn th* otber^» codie. 19^ : /£r^#r(haU 
MC have his wit das year. 

Crt. He fhall not need it, if he have his owii« 

PatL Nor his Qualitid^* 

Cre. No matter. 

Pan. Nor his isMttty. 
. Cre. 'Twoiild not become himt his own*^ bMffir. 

Pan. Itaa have no judgment, Neicei //r/m hef filtf 
Swore ih' other day^ that Sr^lus f6r a brown favour, 
(for To 'tis, I muft confels) not brown neither—* 

Cfi. Nq# but brown. 

Pan. Faith, to fay truth, browo and noi brownf 

Cre. To fay the truth) true and not ti>ie« 

Pan, She pr^is'd his compleaemi abc^ Parii, 

Cre. Why, Piir/j halh 0loyr enoi4{h» 

Pan* Sohehas* 

Oe. Then Troilus ihouki have 109 mu<;b I if (be 

E raised him above, his compleacfoo is higher than his ; 
e having colour enough, and Che ocher bifi^tci^ is 
too flaming a praile for a good complqcioou i had ae 
lieve ff4kH*% goMen tongue bad Mmme^ded 7fo^ 
for a copper noie. 

9 b 4 ff^ 

376 Troilus and CrbssidaJ 

Pi^;'Ffwcar to you, I think, HtUn lovci hrai 
better than Farts ^ - 

Crt. Then (he's a merry Gruk^ indeed/ 

P€in. Nay, lamfure, (he does. She came to him 
th' oth^r day into the campais- window ; and, you 
know, he has not paft three or foar ^lairs on his chin. 
' Ore, Indeed, a tapfter^s arithtnetick may Ibon bring 
his p$irticulars therem to ft total. 
'Pan. « Why, he is very young; and yet will he 
ivithin three pound lift as much as his brother 
RtSor} ' '- ' 

Cr€. Is he To young a man, and ib old a lifter ?•— > 

Tan. But to prove to vou that Htkn k>ves him, Ihe 
came and puts me her wnite hand to his cloven chin. 

Ore. Juno^ have mercy ! how came it cloven ? 

Pitof. ' Why, you know^^ 'tis dimpled, I think, bis 
fmiling becomes him bcsier, thaiv any man in all 
Pbrjgta. , 

Cre. Oh; he foiiles valiandy. 
" Pan. Does he not? 

Cre. O yes, an ^twere s^ ck>ud in autumn. 

Pan. Why, go to th6n-~-but to prove to you diat 
Helen loyfes Trotlus. ■ 

Cre. JTr^iks will ftand to the proof, if you'll prove 
it fo. '• ' 

PanJfhiks ? why, he efteems her no ntore than I 
efteem an addle egg. 

Cre. If you love an addle e^, as well as you love 
an idle head, you would eat chickens i'th* (hell. 

Pan. I cannot chufe but laugh to think how fbe 
tickled his chin \ indeed, (he has a marvellous white 
hand, I mtift needs confdis. 

Cre: W ithout the Rack. 

Pohk And (he takes upon her to ipy a white hair 
on liis chin.' 
*^ * Cre. AliSy poor chin I many a wart is richer. 

« •• 


TroIlus and Crbssida. 3^^ 

pMi But chere was fuch latighiog. Queen HeciAa 
laught, that her nfes run o'er. 

Ore. With milnones. 

Pan. And C^^SMhi^lai^C. 

Cre. But chere was mdre temperate fire under the pot 
of her eyes ; did her eyes run o*er too? 

Pan. And HeUor laught. 

Crt. At what was all this laughing I 

Pan. Marry, at the white hair tlut Helen (pied on 
Trcilus'% chin. 

Cre. An*t had been a green hair, I fliould have ^ 
laught too. 

Pan. They laught not fo much at the hair, as at his 
pretty anfw^* 

Cre. What was his anfwer ? 

Pan. Quoth ihe, here's but one and fifty hairs 00 
your chin, and one of them is white. 

Cre. ' This is her queftion. / 

Pan. That's true, take no queftion of that : one 
and fifty hairs, quoth he, and one white ; that white 
hair is my father, and all the reft are his Ions. Jupiter! 
quoth (he, which of thefe hairs is Paris^ my husband ? 
the forked one, quoch he, pluck it out and give it him : 
but there was fuch laughing, and Helen fo blufli'd, and 
Paris fo chaf 'd, and all the reft fo laught, that it paft. 

Cre. So let it now, for ic has been a great while 
going by. 

Pan. Well, coufin, I told you a thing Yefterday i 
think on't. 

Cre. So 1 do. 

Pan. rilbe fworn, 'tis true ; he will weep you, an 
'twere a man born in Jpril. [Sound a retreat. 

Cre. And Til fpring up in his tears, an 'twere a 
nettle againft May. 

Pan. Hark, they are coming from the field ; fliall 
we ftand up here, and fee them,* as they pafs towards 
Jtium ? good neice, do ^ fweet neice Creffida. 


>^8 Tn^LLUisJtfW^Ciufis&isii. 

P4S. Hf«e> bere, hoaVaa w ww Hent ^ hct4 faeieirt 
may fee moft bnvdy » i'U tdlyat temAU by ihdr 
names as thqr p«& by) bot nntk It'^^ abort dw 

Cre. Speak DOC fb loudi' 

Pan, ThAt*s Mneas } is not that a brave manP ile's 
one of l!h£ fl6>«ers of trey^ 1 catt teU you j Init ma^ 
7rM&;» yo n fliall fee anon. 

Cr^. mo's that ? 

Antenor paffes ever thejin^e. 

Pan, That's Anienor^ he has a ihrewd vrR^ I can tcH 
you, a^ he*s a man good enotrgh \ he*s one o*lh' £)and* 
eft judgment hr ?>ry whofoercr^ and a propfr mM of 
perfon ; when comes 9mAtf f V\\ ihew you Trribn 
anon \ if he fee me» you flull lee htm nod at me. 

Cre. WiU he give yiou this tiod ? 

Pft». Yw fiull fee* 

Cf^. If Be do, ' the mich (hall have more. 

HeAor f^ffts tfoer. 

Van. Thzth HeSlar^ di4f, that; look you, that: 
there's a fellow ! go thy way, fliffcr ; thcre^ a brave 
man, neice: O brave fle3f$r! look how he lodes! 
there's a countenance f is^t not i brave man f 

Cre. O brave man ! 

• . '■ • 

X .i-.*. ihi Kiz^fiallbawtmore,'] To giwe one tbt mod^ was 
9 phrafc fignifying to give one a mark of folly. The rerfy tares 
upon this ienfe alludtog to the exprefiio* gi've, and ftiould be read 

Tke yiicH ^ali bofVi mBTi. 

i. e. fimcbf He that has moch fdly already Ihall thea ium sMKe. 
This was « proverbial fpeech, implying that benefits M upon the 
ji^h. The 0;cfird Editor alters it to, 

!ft< nfi Jball bavt noai. 

TR6ILUS dnd CUbaiiitDAi j^^ 

Tm. h he tide? It doe^ a riiah^ heaUt g^s^^"'*^ 
166k yod, WhAt hAck* ai« titt hb bdAM; MMl ffti 
yonder, do 701! fee? bok yM A6rt! Atf^'i t^ySk^i 
ihg $ there's latirig on, tadicffcoflp whd #iU| 43 VHtf 
txff diere be hacks. 

Cn. Be diofe^di (kdhiSP 

Paris fqffes 

Pan. Swofd^ any thiog» he eai^ not, an the deVil 
come to him^ i€i allorie; by jbdllid^ itdoesbflell 
heart good. Yonder cOmes Parity pn^ inmaii 
Paris : look Ire yonder, neice, hh not i gallant than 
too, is't not f tvhy, this is bravtf flow : Wh6 faid, hft 
came home hurt to day ? he*s not hurt % why, thUi 
win do Hehfs heart good hbwi ha ? ^would, I could 
foe frMus now i you (hall lee Tr^^ anon. 

Cr^. Who's that? 

Hxknmfi^fi ever. 

Pan. That's tiebmu. I mahrel, where Tririigs H t 
that's flif&wi — I think, he went not fc^th to day t 
that's Hekmts. 

Cre. an Htkm fight, ttnde f 

Pan. Htlenus^ no — yes, he'll fight indiflfererit well-* 
I marvel, where S!^ifUas i^ ? hark, do you not hear th^ 
people cry Troilust Hiknus is a pri«ft. 

Cre. What fneaking fellow comes yonder ? 

Troilus faffes over. 

Pan. Where! yonder? that's I^eipbobus. 'Tis 
TrmlusI there's a man, neice — hem— brave troilus I 
the prince of chivalry ! 

Cre. Peace, for fliame, peace. 

Pan. Mark him, note him : O brave Troiks! look 
well upon him, neice, look you how his'fword is 
bloodied, and his helm more hacked than He^or's^ 
^nd how he looks, and how he goes ! O admirable 
youth / be ne'er faw three and twenty. Go thv way. 

3^0 Taoilus 4^ Cressida. 

^roibu^ go thy vm ; had I a fifter were a Grace, or 
a daughter a Uodaefi, he Ihould take his choice. 'O 
admirable man ! Paris f'-^ Paris is dirt to him^ and, 
I wannot^ Bdm^ ta <jbange would give- money to 

Eiitir commas Soldiers. 


Cre. Here come more. 

Pan. Afles, fools, dolts, cha6fand bran, chafFaiid 
bran ; porridge after meat. I could live and dye i'th* 
eyes of TraUks. Ne*er look, ne'er look 5 the eagles 
are gone ; crows and daw^, crows and daws. I had 
rather be fuch a man as Troilusy than Jgamenuum and 
all Greece. 

Cre. Thcfe is among the Greeks AcbiUeSj a better 
man than Tfoibis. 
. Pan. Acbillei f a dray-man, a portcr,'a very camel. 

Cre. Wfell, well. 

Pan. Well, well— why, have you ^ny d ifcretion ? 
have you atny eyes?' do yoii know, what a man is? is 
not birthi beauty, good fliape, difbourfc, manhood, 
learning, gendinels, virtue, youth, Jiberalitv„ and fo 
forth, the fpice and laIiF,that feafons a man r 

Cre. Ay, d minc'd miin ; and then to be balcM with 
no date in the pye, for then the man's date is out.— ^ 

Pan. You are ibch another woman, one knows not 
at what Waftl you lye. 

Cre. Upon my back, to defend my belly ; upon my 
wit to defend my wiles ; upon my fecrefie, to defend 
mine hohcfty ; my made to defend my beauty, and 
you to defend all thefe ^ and at all thefe wards I lye, 
at a thouland watches. 

Pan. Say one of your watches. 

Cre. Nay, I'll watch you for that, and that*s one of 

the chiefcft of them too 3 If I cannot ward what I 

. would not have hit, I can watch you for telling how 

J took the blow ; unlefs it fwell paft hiding, and then 

it is paft watching. 


TrOILUS 0^ CitESSIDA. 38'i 

Pm. Yoa are fuch anethd'. 

Enter Bey ^ 

Boy. Sir, my lofd would mftantly fpeok 9iMl yba. 

Pan. Where? 

Bpy. * At your own houfe, there he unarms him. 

Pm. Good boy, tell him I oome 1 1 doubt, he be 
hurt. Fare ye well, goo4 neice. 

Cre. Adieu, uncle. 

Pan. ril be with you, neice, by and by« .; 

Ore. To bring, unde*-^- 

Pan. Ay, a token from Troilus. 

Cre. By the iame token, you are a bawd. [Exit Pany 
Words, vows, gifts, tears,, and lovefs fuUJka-ifice, 
He offers in another*s enterprize : . - 

But morein Trmh^ thouland-fiold I fee^ 
Than in the gjaft of Pandat^^ praife may be ; 
Yet hold I offl Women are ang^ wooing ; 
Things.wop are done ; the foul's joy lyes ip doing : 
That She belov'd knows Mug^ that knows not this ; 
Men prize the thing ungain'd, more than k is. 
That She was never yet» that ever knew 
Ix>vegpt, fo fweet, as when Defire did fue : 
Atchievement is Command % ungain'd, beioech. 
Therefore this maxim out of love I teach ; 
That though ' my heart's content firm love doth bear, . 
Nothing of That fhall from mine eyes appear. [Exit. 

2 At your own t§0/f^ ibere h unarms him.'} Thefe neceflaiy 
words added from the auarto ediciOQ. Mr. P^. 

^ my hntrti con cent J Content, for capacity. 


Cbfitysfs tn A|PW"W^^'^ ^^ '^ ^^^ Greeian 

frmt^s. Sntir AffUMmuMp Neftor» Ulyflb, 
Diomcdesy Mendaus, with others. 


JT What grief hath ftt the jflttndice on ynor 
The aoi(rf|C prppoQtiQQ, tbat b^ laakei 
In all defigns b^Rin oq earth ixl9ir» 
Fails in the promised hxf^t^i Cfafidcs and di&Am 
Grow in the veim pf {9^009 big;b^ reared i 
A& knots bv th^ a»o9vat oJF CBAcdng &p 
Infe£t the tound pine, fuid divert his grain 
Tortive and errant fron) his QO\}ffk of giowdi. 
Hpr, Prio$;^9 is it tjtiii^ jiew to us. 
That w? qomf ihort ^f our Suppoft fi> iar,1 
That after fev*n years* fiege> yet STm-walls Ran4^ 
Sith every aftion tb^c hfith |;one before, 
Whereof we have record, cryal did draw 
Bias and thwart ^ not aDfyireriiig the aioi. 
And thiit unbodied %WS of the thought 
That gave'jc furmifed fliape. Why then, you Princes^ 
Do you with cheeks abafnM behold our Works? 
And think them /hame, which are, indeed, noi^hteife 
Bu( the protrafHve tryals of great Jcve^ 
To find periiftive conftancy in men ? 
The fineneis of which metal is not found 
In fortone^s love ; fof then, the bold and coward, 
The wife and fool, the artift and unread. 
The hard and foft, ieem all affin*d, and kin i 
But in the wind and tempeft of her frown, 
biftinftion with a broad and powerful fan, 


Paffii^ It ftll, wiwiows the liglit away ; 
And what Inch maft^ or matter by kfetf, 
Lii3i rich ia virtue, and unminglod. 

Neft. With dot obftrvance of thjr goodly Sett, 
Great ui^amemMM^ ^ N^kor fludl fupply 
Thy lateft words. In the mproof of Chance 
Lies the true proof of menr the Sea being foiootfa^ 
How' many fhalj^ bauble boats dai9 £ul 
Upon her patient breaft, making their way 
With tholeof nobler bulk? 
But let the ruffian Jdrvij once eiMBge * 
The gentle rii^liix, andanon, behokly 

'^t^oxfiall APiP^y 

^bf latifi nvords, ] Wiajt wpc thefelalefli tiK)rd3? A 

€omnioa-plaoe obfenration, illoftrated by 9 partkulkr ioiage. thai 
wfftfiiUm an4 mivirfity iv/r/ mfifnl H trf and dtftinguyh Fetttium 
iSe qfMiioMt m4ut mfd iJ^ c$vomJ, ibt 'mfi num and ^e fi^L TJue 
affUcaiioM of this waf tt> the Gr4ri#| who hnA t«maitiod losg 
nnfaccefifdl before Trt^, bat xnig^t make a gpod ufe of their 
misibrtiiiies hy leoiiing patience and perfeverance. Kow NeJJor 
promifes that he will laahe this appUcadoa t bat we find dodiing 
like it. He only ^repeals JgaMummM's gaMml obfetvatton, antl . 
fllttftrates it by ^iiother image; b^^ whence it appears, that 
Shakeffiar wrote, 

Neftor^iitf suP»Lv 

And it mttft be owned, the poet never wrote any tiling more la 
cbarader* Mr/fsr, a tattcativo old" mail, was ghd to c'ateh at this 
conunon- place, as it would farnilh him wltli much matter for 
prate. And, therefor^ on pretence (hat ^gamii^fon hsid' not been 
foil enough opon it, he begs ItSLve to ft^ptf the topic v(ith forae 
divdrfified flouriflies of his own. And what could oe more natu- 
ral than for a wordy old man^p^^-taiithe fHpitrtt^itof die fkme 
thought, ^fiffUaL We may o^^enee farther, that aoeordioj^ 
to this reading the introda£lory apology, 

Wiib due obfer^anci of thjf goodly Soai^ 

is very proper : it bdng a kind gf infinp ation, to the prejudice of 
^iiMf/a«0»'s£icundity, that Nejl^ was forced xo/mfflj his fpeech. 
Whereas had the true reading been afpfyt the apology had beea 
impertinent ; for in fach a caie wemnft have fuppofed, this was 
a preconcerted divifion of the aigument between the two orators. 



384 Troilus and Cre&sida. 

The ftrong^ribfa^d Bufe t^noiighliqiiifl mountains CQti} 
Boundiog^ be(weea the Mo moi.(l ek|neocs» 
Like Perffuf horfe t Whcie^s then,the iawcy boat, 
Vf hofe weak ontioiber'd Tides. but even now 1 

Cb-rivard Greatnds ? ^rtp harbour 0ed| * >/ 

Or made a toad for* Neptune. . Even ib 
Doth valour's ihew and valour's worth divide 
In ftorms ^f fortune. Bor in her ray and brightnefi^ 
The herd hath more annoyance by the brjze -^ 

Than by the tyger : bitf when fplhxiiig winds r 

Make flexible the kne«s o£ knotted Gipks» . ^ 

And flies get under ihade ». ^ the tiding of copivge : -^ 
As rowz'd with rage, with rage dot^ iymgathize i 
And, with an accent tun'd jn ielf-facnq ^r.s-^,: 
• Returns to chiding fortigje. /-? >• ryic • 

Uijtff. jlgmimmn^ ^^«. r: .-. 

Thott-gceat commander, ^rve and boM.of Greetti ' 
Heart of our numbers, (mU >nd only^irii^ -. ' 
In whom the tempers and the tpinds 9^^(10 . r 
Should be Ihut up; hear, what UiyJ/k fpuJas^ . 
Befides th' applaofe and approbation ^.^ . 
The which, mod mighty for thy place and fway, 

... [f<?' AgMScmnon. 

And thouj moft rcv'rend^ior thy {b-etcht-outiife, 

■ . t. . . '[7*0 Neftor. 

I give-to i^ch your fp eeeh ^ s' ; which weitr^fidi, * 
As A^anmhum and the hahd of Greece ^ '-^^ •• 
Should hold up high in b^tis.; and fuch again, ' 
' As veneeabb JST^r (batfch'd in iilver) 

Should with a bond of ah", l^ng as the tfxie&tret 
On which hcav*n rides, knit all the Grlcians' ears 
To his experience tongue : yet let it pleale both 

5 The ibikg cf courage,'] It is faid 6f tbrHj^, Ott in 

ftorms and high winds he rages and roa^s moft fiRtSUiy. Ox- 
for J Editor. 

6 Returns to chiding fir tune.} /. e. replies averfely toadverfc 


Troilus and Cressida. 3^5 

(Thou great, and •wife) to hear Vlyjfes. fpeak. 

Aga. Speak, Prince of Ithaca : we Ith txpc^^ 
Thac matter neediefs, of importlefs burthen^ 
Divide thy lips ; th«n wc are confident. 
When rank tberffUs opes his maftiffjaws, 
We fhali hear mufic, wit, and orade. 

XJtjff. ^ray^ yet upon her bafis, had been down. 
And the great Heffor^s (word had lack'd a mafter. 
But for theie inftances. 

The fpecialitv of Rule hath been negleded % 
And, look, now many Gridam Tents do iland 
Hollow upon this Plain, fo many hollow fa&ions, 
7 When that the General not likes the hive. 
To wlKHn the Foragers (hall all repair. 
What hooey is expeded ? Jigne being vizirded, 
Th' unworthaeft (news as fiurly in die mask. 
* The heavens themfelves, the planets, and this center^ 
Oblerve degree, priority and place. 
Infifture, courfei proportion, feafon, form^ 
Office and cuftom, in all line of order ; 
And therefore is the glorious planet Sol 

7 fP7jen that tie Generally wot like the hive,'] The image 
is taken from the itoveromeot of bees. Bat what are we to under- 
hand by this line ? either it hai no meaning, or a meaning con- 
trary to the drift of the fpeaker. For either it fignifief, thac the 
General am4 iht bi*ue are »/ of thtJkmM ie^^ree erfiecies^ whea' 
as the fpedcer*t complaint is, that the hire adts fo pervcrfely as 
CD^eftiny all difoence of degree between them and the General : 
or it muft fignify, that the Geaeral has fri'vate ends and inter ejis 
dtfiinafrtts that of the hinsi \ whkk defeau tho very Old. of tne 
fpeaker; whofe purpofe is to Jvftify the General, aod^pofe xkjs 
difobedience of the hive. We fhouM certainly then read. 

When that the Gemerai not likbs/^ hi'ue : 

i. i. when the foldicrs like not, and refbfe to pay due obedience 
to their Gedend : This being the very cafe he would defcribe, 
irnd fiieir the mifchiefs of. 

8 The hea*vests themfeiveSf the planets^ ir«i this centre,] /• #. 
the centre of the earth 5 which* according to the PtoUmaic Syftem 
then in vogoe, is the centre of the Solar Syftem* 

Vol. VII. . C c ' Jq 

^S6 TftbiLUs awi Cressi&a. 

In noble eminence enthrOnM arid fphcPd 

An)idft the reft, whofe mdd'ciriablc ^e 

Corrcds the ill afpedts <iS plartetS' evil. 

And pods like the eonnnandtnent of a King, 

Sans check, to good and i3ad. ^ But when the Planets 

In evil mixture to dJlbrdcr wander. 

What plagues, and what portents, what mutiny ? 

Whet raging of the Sea ? fiiaking of earth ? 

Commotion in the winds? frights, changes, horror^ 

Divert and crack, rend and deracinate 

The unity and married calm of ftates 

Quite from their fixure? Oh^ when degree is fliaken, 

(Which is the ladder to all high defigns) 

The enterprize is fick; Hoi*r could communities. 

Degrees in fchools, ahd bi^therhoods in cities. 

Peaceful commerce from dividable ftio^es. 

The primogeniture, and due of births 

Prerogative of age, crowns, fccpters,-* htwceis, 

(Bunby degrje) fraud in autKeritick pikcc? 

Take but degree away, untune that ftfing, 

And hark what di(cord follows i each thing meets 

In mcer oppugnancy. The bounded waters 

Would lift their bofoms higher than the Ifaores^ 

And make a fop of ail this folid Globe : 

Strength would be Jord of imbecillity. 

And the rude fon would. ftrike his father dead : 

^ Force would be Ri^ht; or rather, 'Ri^ and 

* Wrong 
' (Between whole endlefs jar Juftice prefidcs) 

* Would 


g . „ ■■ ^^,^^fl/ 'u;i?en the Phngts ^ 

In evil tni^ture to di [order nuanitr^ &c.] By Pkmttt 
Shake/pear here xn^ans Comet: ^ which by feme were fappsM t» 
be exccntrical planets. The evil efF^dts here recapitulated 
thofe which faperftition gave to the appearance of Cooiecs. 

'Right and H^rn$tg 

{Between lubofi tndUfsjar yuftice resides) 
, ; Would loft their names.^l The Editor^ Mr. The^hU, 


TiiioiLUs and Cressida. 387 

Would lofe tbeur aaioesy aiid' ib would J^llice too. 

Then every tbing inckidei itfelf in power* 

Power into willy will imo appetite % 

And appetice (an oniver iaJ wolf. 

So doubly feconded with will and power) 

Muft niake perfofce ao univcr&l prey^ 
And laft eac up itfelf. Great Agamimmnl 
This Chaof^ when dq;rBQ is fu£focate> 
Follows the choaking : 
And this negledtioa of degree is it, 

duab that tht fuoni lint is no Ba J comment upon ^vhat Horadi 
hmsfaid an this fi^iff i 

■ fitMf eerfi diwifm futs^ 

^w ttitra citrafue neftut confifitrt return* 

Bat if jc h0 a fiomvif at on the Laihi poet, ic u certainly the worft 
that ever was m^idcL Botmco iayt, with extreme good fenfe, thu 
there are certain bounds beyond vjbicb, saAjbortof^wbicbtyittK'^ 
or Right cannot exit*. The meaning is, becaufe if ic hejbort of 
tho(e bouada* mro^ trfuuUs i if it goes beyond^ Jufiiet tyrant 
uifui according M thecommcm proverb of Summum fujfummm 
ii^mris. Sbak^oaf iays, that Juftic* nfdes bumiutm tbt endlrft 
jar ofrigbt andnjorong. Here the two extremes, between which 
Juftice refides; are rigb$ mnd *wr§fig , in Horaa the two 
extremes, betw«i« whieh Jnftice refides, are ioib wrong. A very 
pretty comment lb tralpi, which puts the change upon us ; .and 
inftead of explaining a good thought of Horace, gives us a fioa* 
left^cal one of its own. For to fay the truth, this is not only np 
comment on Horace, but ao true reading of Sbabejpear, Jufiice 
is here repatieMnl at modeeatiog between Rigbt^ andWronf^ and 
a^ng th^ ofei^cofsipbdiaat and lidiciiloaa part of Don Mriano 
de Jrmado^ in love's Labwr^s Ufi, who is called, with inijjiitahla 

J man af Compliments, whom Right and Wroag 

Have chofe as Umpire of their Mutiny . 
This b tha exad office of Juftice in the prefent leading : -lot w4 
are not to thiiyk that Sbakejpemr in a ferioas fpeech would drefs 
her up in the garb of his mtaftic Spaniard. We mufb Ifthcr 
coAcIttde that he wrote, 

. Between 'mhojeendlefsjarjujiice prssides; 
i. #. always determines the controverfy in &vourof Right i ap4 
tkof JuAice is properly chara£lerifed without the author*44^^ 
dreaaaing of commenting Horace. , 

C c 2 Tha ; 

jgS Troilus and Crbssida. 

That by a pace goes backward, in a purpofe 

It hath to tlimb. The Generars difdainM 

By him one (lep below ; he, by the next ; 

That nexr, by him beneath : fo every ftep^ 

Exampied by the firft pace that is fick 

Of his Superior, srows to an envious feaver 

Of pale and bloodlefs emulation. 

And 'tis this feaver that keeps 7roy on foot. 

Not her own finews. To end a Tale of length, 

Trey in our weaknefs lives, not in her ftrength. 

Nefi^ Moft wifely hath Uhnffes here difcovcr*4 
'The feaver, whereof all our power is fick. 

Aga. The nature of the ficknefi found, Vhfjfes^ 
What is the remedy? 

Vlyjf. •' The great -^rA/7/^i, whx)m opinioQtrrowns 
« The finew arid the fore-hand of our Hoft, 
*' Having his ear full of his airy famp, 
** Grows dainty of his worth, and in his tent 
•* Lies mocking pur defigns. With him, Pairecksy 
" Upon a lazy bed, the livtsilong day • ^ 
** Breaks fcurril lefts; '^'''' ' 

<< And with ridiculous and. aukward a^OQ 
(Which, flanderer, he imitation caJIsL- 
He pageants us. Sometimes, ^ttM ^amemnon^ 
' Thy (toplels Deputation he puts oq^ 
« And, like a ftrutting I?I^yer, (whofc conceit 
♦« Lies in his hamdring, and doth think it rich 
To hear the wooden dialogue and (band 
'Twixt his ftretchM footing and the fcaffbldagc) 
Such to-be-pitied and o*cr-wrefted Seeming 
** He a^ thy Greatncfs in : and when he ipeaks, 
•* 'TIs like a chime a mending : with terms uniquar'd : 
** Which, from the tongue of roaring Typbm dropc, 

1 9%r TOPLESS difmtation ] I don't koow what can fas 

moint t>7 to^fu bat the contrary to what the fpeaker wodd 
iafinmKe. I i'afpeQ the poet wrote stqpless, /. r. imlimicedi 
whiph was the caft. 

a *« WouU 

Troilus and Cressida. 389 

** Would fccm hyperboles. At this fufty fluff 

** The large AcbifUsy 00 his prcft-bed lolling, 

•* From his deep chcft laughs out a loud applaufe : 

** CricS — excellent !-— 'tis Jgamemnm juft 

•* Now play mtNeJior — hum, and ftroke thy beard, 

** As he, being 'drcft to fome oration. 

•• That's done — as near as the extremeft ends 

^^ Of parallels; as like, as Vulcamnd his wife: 

** Yet good ^<r&7fej ftill cries, excellent! 

«• 'Tis Neftor right i now play him me, Patroclus^ 

*^ Arming to anfwer in a night-alarm : 

^^ And then, forfooth, the faint defedb of age 

*« Muft be the fcene of mirth, to cough and fpit, 

** And with a palfie fumbling on his gorget, 

<• Shake in and out the rivet- " a n d at this fpoit, ": 

Sir Valour dies ; cries O!— enough^ Patrcclus'^''-'-^ 

Or give me rite of fteel, I (hall fpKt all 

In pleafure of my fpleeq« And, m this &(hion, 

.' AH our abilities, ^ts, natures, fhapes, 

3 JUmarmhiiitUtt gifih m^mriu fiapes^ 
SivtralsamdggMeralt of GUhca. exact, 
JickUviminiSp plois &c.] The meaning is this. All our 

BEtl qoalitics, ft<otrab anigtmrah of grace: i. e. whether they 
ftvital andjbeloi^ to particular menj as prudence to Vfyjffes^ 
experience . ta N^fior^ magnanimity to Jgamemnon^ valour to 
J^Mc^ UCi or whether they be general and belonging to the 
Greek nations in general, as valour, poliihed manners, (^c. alt 
thefe good qusdities, together with our atcbte^ements^ plots^ «r« 
ders, &c. are sJi tnfned into ridicok by the bolFoonery oiJcbilles 
and Fatrockit, This is the fenfe : but what then is the meaning of 
gra^e extiSf no other can be made of it, than that AcbUles and 
Pair9clus exaBlf mime all oar qualities and aSiohs, But the 
fpesdcer thought very differently of their buiFoonery : the imita* 
tion, he (ays, ,bei9g as unlike the original as VnUan to his <wife. 
The fiuilt lies here ; exaS ihoald be exa^s ; and belongs to the 
fecond divifion^ namely the enumeration of the aBions i and 
ihottld be read thus ; 

All our aiilitiej, gi/is, natures, Jhapes 
Se*verals and generals of grace i E x A C Tt, 

^ jiicbic'vemeuts^ phts^ ic. 

' /. /• exaSments^ publick taxes* and dbntributioni fer carrying on 
the war, 

Cc 3 ' Sevcrals 

3^o Troilus and Cres^ida* 

Severals and generals of ^race ; exaAs» 
Atchicvetnents, plots, orders, preventions, 
Exckements to the field, or ipeech for once, 
Succeis or lofi, what is, or is not, ferves 
As ftuflf for thefe two to tnake paradoxes. 

Uefi. And in the imitation of thefe twain, 
(Whom, as TJlyjfes fay5> opinion crowns 
With an imperial voice) many arc infcft : 
jljax is grown feif-will*d, and bears his bead 
In fnch a rein, in full as proud a paoe. 
As hx^ Achilles ; and keeps his lent like him } 
Makes fiidioas feafis, rails oh our Hate of wftr. 
Bold «s an Oracle; and ftts therms 
(A flave, whofe gall coims flanders hice a mittt) 
To xnatdi us in compari ftfins With dirt i 
To^weaken and diiomit our atfpofiiie, ' 
How hard ibcVer rooindafl iii v^ Atagk. 

Wjff. They tax, our policy, and Cftlfit c<iMadii^, 
Count wifdono as no nnedtiber'of tiie #ar ; 
Fore-ftall our prefcience, and efleem no A£fc 
But that of hand : ' The fti)l and mental pares, ': 
That do contrive how many hands (hall ftrike. 
When fitriefs call theth oh, atid know by ni&rfiiyc 
Of their obfervant toil the enemies* weight; 
Why, this hath not a filler's dignity \ 
They call diis bed-work Mapp*ry, clofct war ; 
So that the ratn, that batters down the wall. 
For the great fwing and rudeneis of his poize. 
They place before his hand that made mt engine \ . 
Or thofci ihat with the finenefs <tf then* fouh 
By rcalbn guide his execution, 
Nejt. Let this be granted, znd JcUJUj^ hcrk 
Makes many f$eiis^ (bns. [Turiet fimuts. 

jSga. What trinnpct? look, Mtmhuu 
Men. FromTfiijJ^. 



.T ROIL us and Cress id a^ 3^1 


Enter ^neas. 

• Aga. What would you 'fore our tent ? 

Mm. Is this goaiC J^menm^rC^ cent, I .pray ypu? 

Aga. Even this. 

^«^. May one, that is 3 Herald and a JPrinoe, 
Do a fair meflage to his kingly ears ? 

^j. With fur<Ky ftronger than Acbilks* arm, 
'Fore all the Greekid) heads, which wich one voice ' 
Call Againemicn Hea^ and General. 

AEne. Fair leave, and large fecuricy. How may 
A ftranger to thofe niQ(jt imp^rijil looks 
Know cheai fr^m eyes c^ Qthqr mortals ? 

Aga. Hpw? 

JElm. li^, that I might wakeo iR^^KOce, 
And bid tl]^e(Cbcek be ready with a blufh 
Modeft as ca9rning^ 4)ifhQn4be.Cf>l^ycyf66 
The youthful Pb^dms : 
Which is tl>^t Qpd in o^Sice, guiding men? 
Which is the .high #fid .mighty Agm^nm^ii 

Aga, Thi<i TrojM &Qrn$ iiw, or the -m^ of frcy 
Are ceremonious ^courtien. j;.. . Courtiers as ;fr^ AS.debonair, ui^rm*d^ 
As^ bending Angelas {that's (heir fame in peace : 
But when they would ie«n iqidiers, they have galh^ 
Good arms, ftrong jointtf, (rue fwords; ^and, {J(yoe% 

Nothing foJfuU. of heart. Butpeac^, ASfteas', 
Peace, ^riyan ; la^ thy iioger oa thy lipsi 
The worthiness .of ipraUe diftains his worth. 
If he, that'.s.pnus'dt himfelf taring the praile Ibrch : 
What the repming oaemy commends. 
That bresith FacxK ibJpws, that praife fole pure tfan* 

Aga. Sir, you of Sr^jy, call you yourfclf JEneas ? 

G c 4 jEne. 

I* .1 

3^2. T « d i Lis h^'C A fi *Sil D*^ 

^Efie. Ay, - Gr^rf*, fhM ii^my naoie i ; 
^^j. What's your tffiuin I prayvyoif) . 
^ji^. Sir, pardon I ^wfcit j^ami9Mon\ ^zrs. f 
^0. Heliears hoaghc^privacely chac tomes from' 

i£;7^ Norl&MMTh^coinenottowirifj^h^ 
1 bring a^ampe( to awake hit £ar» 
Tofec hisfeftfe^^ofi cheactcfftivebcuft^ ' . - 
And ehon to fpeak. " : 

Jga. Sp^ frankly as die wind. 
It is not ^;w!ii^)Mr»^i^9^fltepiftg hour; , . 
That thou fhak knoVy ^ojan^ he is awsket 
He tells thee fo himfdf. ^ 

w£^. Trumpet, btewrvloiklr i 

Send thy brafs voice thrbVall thde If^yteBB^ 
And every Gresk of iMCtle, let him kubw *r> : i 
What Trey means fairly^ ihdU^beipolDeraleuiL' ;; ; 

{rU ifimfmsjtiia. 
We have, great 2i^«M9miv' herft'in )9ld^r r '. 
A FHtic^ baft'd HeSo^ifmni is hisfafa^ . . 
Whob iUiilkdlaifdfoikgicondnu^d^tijm^^^^ . \ 
Isrufty efowft) tie toad oie'iakeii^ruiiiitttf^: 
And to thij^ |5uf{K)r0fpe^i KJpg^ Princes^ Lortb^, 
If thdrc^beofteamom^'^ife^i^id^i^A^^^^ .: . 
Thftt hdd^bis'hofndurthllghsr dutn hft «aiK 
That feeks his pratfe more than he feanlfifi peril; 
That krtows his vktear ^ahd knbte not hia fear. 
That loves his milhtfs <^more odnfclfiQiH r 
(With truant voWs tojidr dwirlips, heJdtasi) « -^ % 
f And d^i^ivHw hcrbeadry^and rkrmotdb. » 
In other amis than heri : itothim this Cbillenge. 
He&or^ in view <i^ Sf^gfizai and of l9ryAir,t 
Shall make it good, (or do his beft to do it) 
He hath a lady, wiferj fairer, truer, 
* Than ever Greek did compais in his arms % 
And will to morrow with his trumpet call 

•) moTf, than f/f cocftSionJ Confe^n, for ptofeffion. 



TroILUS |Bf«/«^C|lESSlDA. 393 

Midway between your tents and walls of ITr^, 

To rouze a Greaan that: js ewe in love. * 

If any come f-HiS^r fliall hpnour him : 

If none, hf^h 6lj in Tny ^henibc f edrci^ 

The Grecian Dames are funrbum'd» and not worth 

The fpliDOer. of a lance ^^-T-^erea fo mudii / ;. 

jfy$. This iball be told our lovcis^ Jprd JSneas. 
If none of then\ haire fiKdin/fnGh a kind, . , 
We*ve left them all at home : but we are fpldierti 
And may that Ibldier a naoer reotaat prfme^ , 
That means not» hath iM» ^m. is^Dot in Uml ] . 
If then one if^ or haih»:«r means to ben 
That one meets HeSor i if none eUe, Vm h^^ 

Nefi. Tell him of N^»r%u^ t^t wm a man 
When ifiaSflf^s iSraiidfire iiickt I he is Qi4.|iow,, 
But if dieiwix^notin'our Gr^cum Hpft 
One noble man tl^at hath^onftfpark of fir^ - 
To anfw^fat bis love : tell him from m^ 
r 11 hide my- filHTer baard io a fpoid beaver 
^ And in nqr.^vantbracc^^ ^his wither'd bniwn) 
And, meeting, fain), win xcUhiiv^ that my U4y 
Was fiiirer ^n his grandam^ iauyl as chafto 
As may be 10 the world: his youth in flood, , 
1*11 pawn this armh .with my ihre^ dr^ps of biqod. < 

Mne. Now iieav*^ (ofkii iticb icarciiyjg^ yc^th! 

/iga. Fair kvd JSntAs^ kt me touch yow baad : 
To oor flantion ihall- 1 lead.^oa firft ; 
w^iv7i^/fliali-haiirewordof ibi^incentt : . 
So (hall each iord of Griut from tent to.^e^t : 
Your felf flikD fieaft with us before yougo» 
And find the welcome of a.fioblcfoek , .^ [Exnmt. 

5 Jndin inp^ vantbrace— ^] .i^narmotir for ^e arm* Mvant" 
iras. Mr. Fote, 



TuoiLUs and Cr^ssxba. 

^^anent Ulyflb i^^i Neftor. 

Vlyf. Nefior^ 

iVc^, What fays t^j^ ? 

l/j^^. I have t young conception in my brain. 
Be you my time to bnng it to (brae fliaipe. 

3Sr^. Whatis't? 

t/^. This •tis : 
Blunt wedges rive hard knots ; the fceded pride^ 
That hath to this inatttrity blewn up 
In rank JcbiUesj tnuft or now be cropr, 
Or, fhedding, breed a: nurfery df hKeevil^ 
To over^bulk os all. 

Neji. Well, and^ownow? 

Uly/. This ChaHec^e that the gaBant HeSor lends, 
However 4t is {jproid m general name. 
Relates in purpofe only to AebiUes. 

Neji. • The purpofe is perfpfcuous even as Subftance, 
WHofe grofihcfs Ikfle t:hani6ters fam up. 
And, in the publicatioii, make no ftfaiti, 
Bux that Jcbtlks^ were his brain as 'barren 
As banks of Labya^ (tho% ApoHo knows^ 
Tis dry enough,*) ^ill with great fpeed ef judgoienc. 
Ay, with celerity, find HeSor's purpofe 
Pointing on -htm. 

Ukf. And wake hfm to the anfwcr, think you f ' 

NejL Yes, 'tis moft meets whom may you dfe 

6 TLi furpoft is firfficmuf epen m Sutjianee, 

Wiofi^grojfnifi little cbaraSers fum up.^ Tiat is, the pur- 
pofe is'^ plain as Body or fubftance ; and tho' I have coUedtd 
this purpoCe from many minute particulars, as a grofs body is 
made up of fmaJl infenilble parts, yet the refult is as dear add 
certain as a body thus made up, is palpable and vifiUe. This is 
the thought^ cho* a little obfcured in the concifenefs of the ex- 
■prtfion. . 


Tkoilus and Ckessh^A'. 395 

That am fram HeSw brio^ his honour ofl; 

If not AcbSlesf chough a iportiul combat. 

Yet in this tryal much opinion dwtHs. 

For here die Trcjans taftc oar dcar*ft Repute 

With their fin'ft palate : and truft to roe, Vfyff^j 

Our impucadon fhall be odly poisM 

In this wild aAion. For tbe fiiccefs. 

Although pantcular, ihall give a Icantfing 

Of good or bad unto die general : 

And in fuch indexes, although finaH pricks 

To their fiibiequent volumes, ^there is fcen 

The baby figure of the giant-mais 

Of things to come, at large. It is fuppos'd. 

He, that meets /?!r^^, iffiies from our Choice ; 

And Choice, being inamal aft of aD our fouls, 

Makes merit her eledion ) and doth boil. 

As 'twere, from forth tis all, a mandtftilPd 

Out of our virtues; who mifeaiTTing, 

What heart from hence receives the conqoVing part. 

To fted a ftrong tipinion to themfdvcs! 

Which ffitertain'd, limbs are his inftruments, 

In no icis working, than are fwotds and bows 

Direftive by .the limbs. 

L^ Give pard«n to my Speech ; 
Therefore *tis meet, Achilles meet not HeSoK 
Let us, like merchaiftls, ihew our fouiefl: warei^ 
And think, perchance, they'll fell ; if not. 
The luftrcof the better, yet to fliew. 
Shall ihew the better. Do not then confenr. 
That ever HeSor and Achilles meet : 
For both our honour and our fhame in this 
Are dogg'd with two ftrange followers, 

NeftAict themiiot with my old eyes : what are they ? 

Ufyjf. What Gioay our Acbiil^ fhares from HeBor^ 
Were be not proud, we all ftiould fliare widi him : 
But he already is too infolent ; 
And we were better parch in Africk Sun, 
Than in the pride and fait fcorn of his eyes. 


396 Troilus and Cressida. 

Should he 'iicapc UeOur fain If lie were foil'd. 
Why, then we did our main opinion crufh 
In taint of our bcft man. No, make a Lottery \ 
And by device let blockifh Ajax draw 
" The Sort to fight with HeSifir: *mong our felres. 
Give him allowance as the worthier man. 
For that will phyGck the great MyrmUbm^ 
Who broUs in loud applaufe, and make bim fall 
Hisaeft, xbat prouder than blue Iris bends. 
If the duU brainlcfi Jjax come fafe oflF, ♦ 

We'll drcfs him up in voices : if he fail. 
Yet go we under our opinion ftill, 
That we have better men^ But, hit or mils. 
Our proje£t's life this fhaoe of Senfe afTumes, 
Ajax^ imploy'd, plucks down AcbiUes* plumes. 

Neft, Ulyffesy Now I rcliflj thy advice, ' 
'And I wiUgive a tafte of it forthwith 
To Jgammium ; go we to him ftrcighc ; 
Two curs (hall tame each other ; pride abne 
I Mufk tar the maftifis on, as 'twere their bone. 

A C T II. S C E N E I. 

^e Grecian Caf^. 

Enter Ajax and Thcrfites. 


^ Iber. Agamemnon — how if he had boiles — foil, 
all over, generally. . [Talking io bimfelf. 

7 Muft tar tbi maftiffs •»••—] Tarre, an old Emgiifi word 
fignifying *<> provoke or urge on. ^tt Kingjcbn, J^ j^.Scnn* 

..^.-^^..^ I m likt a Dog 

Siwtch at his Mafier that /loibUiV bim on, 

Mr. P^, 

Troilus and Cressida. 


Jjax. . Tberfites^ 

^ber. And thofe boils did ron— — fay lb— did not 
die General run i wefe not that a botcby coref 

jfjax. Dog! 

Tber. Then Acre would come feme matter from 
him : I fee none now. 

Ajttx. Thou toch-wolf's fi>n^ canft thou not heaf ? 
feel then. ' iStrihsbim: 

Tiber. The plague of Greec$ upon thcc, thoii mungret 
beef-witted lord! 

^ny. V Speak then, you wndyeft Icavenj fpcak ; 
I will beat thee into handlbmnefi. 

T^r. I (ball fooner rail thee into wit and holinefi i 
but, I think, thy horfe will iboner con an oration^ 
than thou learn a prayer ^thout book : thou canft 
ftrike, canft thou ? a red murrain o* thy jade's tricks ! 
j^ax. Toad5*ftool9 learn me the prociamatioyi. 
T^ber. Doeft thou think, I have no kdk^ thoii 
ftrik*ft me thus ? 

jtjax. The proclamation 
Tber. Thou art proclaim^ a fool, I think. 
Aj<i^* Do not, porcupine, do not ; my fingers itch. 
Tber. I would^ thou didft itch from head to foot, 
and I bad tte fcratcbidg of theti r I would make thee 
the ioathibm'ft fcab in Greece. 

j/Jax. I fey, the proclamation— 
7ber. Thou grumble^ and raileft every hour on 
jtcbilks^ and thou art as full of envy at his Greatnds, 
as Cerberus is at Proferfim^ Beauty : ay, that thou 
bark'ft at him. 

Ajax. Miftrcfs ll>erjiie% /— — 
^ber. Thou fliouldlt ftrike him^ 
Jjax. Cobloaf! 

I Zftak then^ thw w H tM i d^st hanjen^l This is the reading of 
the Old copies: It ihould be windybst, /. ^. moft windy i 
leaveD being made bj a great icimcniacion. This epithet agree$ 
y^ ell with U'hirfites\ chara^er. 



_ f 

398 TaoiLus »nd. CRE^siuii; 

' Tber. He would pound cbee inta &ivtm widi his 

fifty aa a failor breaks a. biskee^, 

jfjax. You whorfon cur I— — .[Bfo^ inm^ 

^er. Do, do. . . " 

j^'ax* Thou ftool for a witch ! — -« 

ner^ Ay, do, do, thou foddcn- wilted lord ; thou 
liaft no more brain than I have in my elbws: an 
J^fkiga m2^Y tutor thee. Thou fcurvy valiant afil thqa 
arc here but to thrafh ^tojansj and (l^)u sot bM^ht 
and ibkl among thoie ot any wit, like a Bfirharum 
ilave. If thou ufe to beat me, I will begin at xhj 
heel, and tell what thou art by inche% * chou tbit^of 
no bowels, thou ! 

^^, You dog! 

^er. You fcurvy lord ! 

Ajax. You cur ! lB$aliHg Urn, 

Tber. Mars his idoot ! do^ rudenefi^do, camel, do, 


Enter Achilles and Patroclus^. 

j/cbil. Why, bow now^ ^opif wh«Rfeie4o you 
this? ^ . 

How now, 9i€i^sf wbat^s the mattttf, taiM? 
Tber. You fee him there, do you^ 
AcbiL Ay, what's the mailer? 
TheK Nay, look upon him. 
jtML So I do, what's the matee> ? ^ 
fZ»^. Naj, but regard him well. 
Jcbil. Well, why, I do fo. 

2 thou thing of no bowbls,] Tho* tbk be feuft, yet i 

it is not the poet's, ^ho makes fherjites re&e&alcqg;cthercia.4Mur 
his want of nvit, not want of compajjion. I ihoald ifltaq^, 
therefore the true reading was, 

Vtou thing of no VOWELS. 

without fenfe ; as a word without vowels is jargon mm! 
no idea. This is much in the phrafeology given xia^'TbirfU^i 

i. r. 

Troilus and CREssiBi. 399 

'pfer* But yet vou look Dot weft upon bica: for 
wimToevtr yoo take bim co^ bey he is ^^. 

jAM. I know chat, fool. 

ner. Ay, but that fool knows not himlelf. 

^ax. Therefoiti t beat thee. 

tW. Lo, ki, I05 lo^ what modicums of wit he tit* 
ten ; Mis eiF^ns have ears thus tong. I have bobbnd- 
hobnitti^ more than he has beat my bones : I wiir boy* 
nine fparrows for a penny, and his Pia MaUr is notr 
worth the ninth part of aiparrOW« T)xi&\&t^{AdMes) 
^M^ who wears his wit in his belly, ud fab guts in 
his head, PlI tell yoa what I fay of him. 

AchU. What? 

[Ajax offers to fir At bim^ Achi}le% iMtfrptfisi 

5ther. I fay, this ^ax* » » ■ ■ 

jkbiL Nay) good J^^ix. 

Tber. Has not fo much wit— ~— 

AcbiL Nay, I nduft hold you. 

Tber. As wdl ftop ^e tjt of H^nft needle, for 
whom he c^mes to ngbt. 

AtbU. Peat^fool! 

Iher* I would have peace and ouietnefi, but the 
fool will not : he there, that he, look you chore. 

y^oM. O ihoU' damnM cur, I ihall 

Acbil. Will you fet your wit to a fooPls ? 

^er. No^ I warrant y<)u ; for afoofs will fhame it 

Psi. Good words, Tberjhes. 

Acbil. What's die qoatrel ? 

Ajax. I bad the vili owl g« learii me tbc tenour of 
the prockmatioft, and he rails upon me. 

Ther. I ferve thee nor. 

ijf^tor. WdJ, go tOi go to. 

^her. I ftrve here voluntary. 

Acha. Your laft fervice was fu£S»ance, 'twas not 
v^hmcary ; no man is beaten voluntary ; Ajax was here 
the voluntary, and you as under an imprei^. 

"fbtr. Ev'n To— -a great deal of your wir too lies 
• ' ill 

4.00 "TRtJ TLifs and- Or iPs^si ft i. 

in YOur fin0«ra» or die there be. lian.' OBtr ihall 

if hp knock ou^ ^dher 
gora crack a fuJty oiit 

kenid« -l' ■■■• 

^W. What, with me too» -tbefjites t 

j^. tTierc*$ U?j{^x sttitf old Nefiw^ i^ifb wit 
\ras mouldy ' ere your Gratrifircs had naib. Wtfacr 
coes,) yoke you like draft oxen, and make you pbqjgfk 

op^ wair.. 
\feM. "What! what?. 
fber. .Yes. good ^ooth j to, AebiUes ! to, A/axf to— 
Jjax.X lh»H cut out your tonraie. 
TW.^Tis no matter, I (hall ^)eak«s much as thsp 

afterwards. . . ' 

Pa/. No more words, 9i6»:»«. 
fl6«r. I wilt hold my peace, when MSBef fan)^ 

bidsmc, (hall I ? 

,<iiiw/. There's for you. Ptf/r«f/itf, . 

3l«r..l will fee you hang'd like d^^lMss, ctbI 
come aSy more to your Tents. . I witt k^ wfadb 
there i* wit ftirring, iand leave the fi^i^Jinfools; 
- _ ' [Iflto. 

P^^ A good riddance. . . 

Acha. Marry, this. Sir, is prbchioi^d (IiI^iqA m 

ourHoft, * . * - - 

That Uator^ by the fifth hour of the Sun, "" i" : 
Will, with a trumpet, 'twjxt our Tents ^-9>«iv «■ 
To morrow morning caD fome Kni^ to tfOOEir " », 
That hath a ftomach, fixrh a one that dj ^. 1^ ' 
Maintain I know not what ; 'tis trafli,; hxetiA. 
Ajtue. Farewcl ! who (hall anfwcr. him ^ . ^. '^^ 
Jclnk I know qpt, *tis.put to totfi^s ^'^'H^^^ 
He knew his man* , ^... . ^ * «irT 

^«f. O, meaning y^^ ;, Til go |<g»n|'DWtJ^|g^ 

; * . . 

, .. C&4«|$^f. /(». PrUm'i Ptfiiif^ in.Ttof. 


£»/^ Priam, Hedor, Troilus, Paris Mt/HekMs. « 

i^iy. JL Frer fo many hours, lives* fpccchcs^fpent, . 

/ jL\ Thus once agjuin ^fkNeJlor from the Greeks: 
Deliver Htf/^iTi and all damage clft ,, ; * . ^ 
("As honour, lofe of time, travel, expence, /; ^ ^ 
Wounds, friends, and what die degr tll^t J^^^cohfuni'd^ 
In hot dificftjon qf this cfi^morant war) \^ * 
Shall be ftrucJkofi;^ -fife^^,,, what iky you to*t? . 

He8. Though no maolfAcr fear the Greeks than I» 
As far as touches my pardcular, yet 
There is no lady of ^<(re -Ipftsr bowels. 
More fpMgi: Kt jTuck in me fcnfe of fear, T 
More ready U) cry out, wbe knows what folbwsl? 
Than HeUmr is. Ttw Wgund of Peace is Surety, * 
Surety ftcjM? V f -but modejft tfoubt is caird ; 
3Tic,bcacoA c^the wife % the tent that fcarchcs 
To th' bottontof the worft^ h^t Helen go. 
Since the firft fword was drawn about this queftion, 
EvVy tithe foul *mongfl: many thoufaod difcQCS 
Hath been as4?ar as Helen. "^ 1 mean, of, gte. 
If we have loft To many tenths of ours . 
To guud a thing no{ ours, Q(>t worth to us . 
(Had it;0ttr name), the value of one ten ; ■ 
What merit*s in that rcafon which denies 
The yielding of her up ? 

Tro. :Fic^ §e, my brother : ; . 
Weigh you, the worth and honour of a King 
i^^9f^9X as PU.C dread father) in a Icale 
Of common ounces f will you with counters fuxn 
vaft proportion of his infinite? 
buckle in X wade moft fkthomlefi, " -^ 
ipans and inches fo diminutive 

A&"fipa«^s«pdj(MiKtf^ fi^ iwr^godly flMQie ! 

Itel. No marvel) though you Uce fo flwp at reafimiL 
Voi.^I. Dd You 

402 Troilus afoi Cressiba. 

You are fo.ertlpcy ofthem, . Sl\ou!d poc our £ather 
Bear the great Iway oi bis affairs with rcafons % 
Becaufe your ipccch hath none^ that tells him k ? 

Troi, You are for dreams and flumbers, brocker Pricftt 
You fur your gloves with realbns. Here are your 

You know, an enemy intends you harm ; 
You know, a fword imploy'd is periilousi 
And reafon flies tb€ objedt of all harm. 
Who marvels then, w hen //r/f^^j beholds 
A Grecian and \u& fword, if he do fee 
The very wings of reafon to his heels, 

♦ And fly like chidden Mercury from JoWy 

Or like a ftar diforb*d I— Nay, if w<r ulk of reafon, 
Let's fhut our gates, and (leep : manhood and boBoor 
Should have hare- hearts, would chey buc^fec Auk 

Wich this crammed reafon : reafon and reipeft 
Make livers pale, and luftyhood deje&, 

Heff. Brother, (he is not worth what ihe doih coft 
. The holding. 

Trot. W hat is aught, but as \i$ valued ? 

He£f. But value dwells not in particular will ; 
It holds its cHimate and dignity 
As well wherein 'tis precious of it felf, 
As in the prizcr : 'tis mad idolatry^ 
To make the lervice greater than the God i 
^ And the Will dotes, that is inclinable 
To what infeftioufly itfclf affciJts, 

* Without fome image of th* afFciSted's merit* 

4 And ft^ like chidden Mcrcaty/rom Jove, 

Or like a Jlar dijorb'd /— ] Thcfc two lines arc mtfphari a 
all thr folio editions. Mr. Ftp€. 

5 And the Will dfffii, thai is inclioabk] Old Edltioa« Mt lb 
Will, ha^ic, attrihuti've hdr,P^^ 

6 lyiibcut fame image tf tV AFFEeTBD merit J] WctbmU 
lead, *• 

/i^' APFEefBO*^ Wfrii, 

9. c. wlikput fuBfl mark of merit in the thitogaftfied. 

Troilus and Cressioa. 403 

T'roi. I take to day a wife, and my election 
Is led on in the condudt of my will % 
My will enkindled by mirte eyes and ears. 
Two traded pilots 'twixt the dangerous Ihores 
Of Will and Judgment } how may I avoid 
(Although my Will diftafte what is elefted) 
The wife I chufe ? there can be no evaGon 
To blench from this, and to ftand firm by hopour. 
We turn not back the filks upon the merchant. 
When we have fpoil'd them ; nor th* remainder viands 
We do not throw in unrefpeftivc place, 
Becaufe wc now afe full. It was thought meet, 
Paris (hould do fome vengeance on the Greeks: 
Yoor breath of fiill confcnc bellied his fails \ 
The feas and winds (old wranglers) took a truce. 
And did Wm fervice: he touched the Ports defir'd ; 
And, for an old aunt, whom the Greeks held captive^ 
He brought a Grecian Q^ttn^ whofe youth and frcihnels 
Wrinkles Jfolld\ and makes ftale the morning. 
Why keep we her ? the Grecians keep our atijit : 
Is (he worth keeping ? why, fhe is a pearf, 
Whofe price hath launched above a thoufand fhips, 
And turned crown'd Kings to merchants—— 
If you*ll avouch, 'twas wifdotti Paris went, 
(As you muft needs, for you all cry'd, go^ go:) 
if you'll confefs, he brought home noble prize, 
(As you mufl: needs, for you all clap*d your hands, 
And cry'd, ineftimable !) why do you now 
The ifTue of your proper wifdoms rate. 
And do a deed that fortune never did, 
Beggar that eftimation which you prized 
Richer than fea and land ? O thefc mod bafe ! 
7 What we have (loin that we do fear to keep ! 

7 fFhat ^e hi«vfJfo/fi that we dofkar to keep! 
Baft thieves^ — Oxford Editor. Volg. 

fifttt *wi bofyf fivin ifiibat nne d9/utr $» keep t 
But thiews. 

Dd 2 Baft 

>04 Troilus and Cress id a, 

Bafc thieves, unworthy of a thing To ftorh. 
"Who in tbHr country did them that difgrace^ 
"We fear to warrant m our native place ! 

Caf. [within.'] Cry, ftiijam^ cry ! 

pri. W hat noife, what (hriek is this ? 

Srw. *Tis our mad fitter, I do know her voice. 

Caf. [witbin.'] Cry, Trojans t 

Heff. lii%CaJ[andra. 


SaUer Caflandra, with her hair about her ears. 

Caf. Cry, trojans, ctf ; lend me ten ihoalwdeya^ 
And I will fill them with prophcticfc tmt9. 
HeS. Peace, fitter, peace. 
Caf. Virgins and boys, mid-age and wrinkled oU, 
Soft infancy, that nothing can bet cry, 
Add to my clamour ! let us pay betimes 
A moiety of that mafs of moan to eome : 
Cry, Trojans^ cry ; praftife your eyes with tean. 
Troy mult not be, nor goodly IlumOMdi 
Our fire-brand brother, Paris^ bums us all. 
Cry, Trojans^ cryt a/fe/«f andawoj 
Cry, cry, troy burns,^ or elfe lee ffHtJ^^gp^ [Exii. 
He£t. Now, yOQth&I Troilus^ do ttck- thcfe high 
ftrains - - . 

Of Divination in our fitter work ^' ' 

Some touches of remoife ? Or is your h\tioA 
So madly hot, that no difcourfe <^ Mtfi>H, 
Nor fear of badfucoefi in a badcaafti ' 
Can qualifie the fame r ' ' 

Troi. Why, brother ^if^i^, --^ 

We may not think thejutt^efe of eati) aS: * 
Such and no other than event <tottl iAiiA iti '• ^ 
Nor onee deje£t the<x>i}rage of outrminds^ 
Becaufe Cii^^MM^^'s mad i her biiain-fick'iFa^rcs 



TiujiLUs aW Cressida. 405 

Cannot diftaft^ (he goodnels of a quarrel. 

Which hath our feveral honours all engag'd 

To make it gracious. For my private parr, 

I am no more touched than all Priasvf% fbns \ 

And, Jifoe £c>rbid ! there fhould be done amongft us 

Such things^, as might offend the weakeft fpleen 

To fight for and mainuin. 

Par. Elfe might the world convince of levity 
As well my underukings, as your counsels : 
But I atteft the Gods, your full conient 
Gave wing$ to my propenfion, and cut off 
All fears attending on fo dire a projcdl. 
For what, alas, can thele my finglearms? 
What propngoation is in one man's valour^ 
To (land the [Mib and enivity of thoCb 
This quarrel woukl excite? yetlproteft. 
Were I aloQCito pais the difficulties. 
And had as ampje Power, a$ I have WiJi^ 
Paris fhould. ne'er retract what he hath done. 
Nor faint in the pprfuit. 

Pri. Pflfii* . you fpcak 
Like one bipfotted on your iweet delights ; 
You have the iioaey flilj, i)ut^tKeie the ^11$ 
So, to be valiant* is nc^ pr^itb, af all 

Par. Sift I pcppc^ wit merely so myfelf 
The plealores fuch a Beauty hdqg^ with it^ 
But I would have the ibij of her £iir rape 
WipM off, in bonQurable koepiag her. 
What tre$(bfi weice ic to the iiinfadcM Queeo» 
Diigrace t^ywr great wort^hs^ ai»d ihame to me» 
Now to deliver W pc^^ffipaup. 
On terms of bafe compulfion ? can it bei 
That fo degenerate a iti^in^ w this. 
Should on0^(«E;footingi/i yo«f ]gencrous bolbms? 
There's nocthc meapett fpirit fon^iur party, 
"W ithout a hffart to dare, or Avprd to dra w^ 
When i(<^ IS defended : noi^ ib noble^ 

D d 3 WJ)q6 


406 TftoiLUS and Cressida* 

Whofe life war ill btftowM, or tkatii nfiaiiAl, 
When HekM is the fiifajeft. Theo^ I %» : 
Well may we fighc for her^ whom, we know wdi* 
The world's Urge fpaces cannot parallel. 

HeS. Paris amd fr/^us^ you have both laid well: 
(a) But on the cauie and qtieftion now tn hand ^ 

Have gloz'd but fuperficially \ not much 
Unlike young men» whom AriftoiU thoughc 
Unfit to hear moral philoibphy. 
The reafonsy you alledge^ do more coodtice 
To the hot paffion of diiUmper'd blood. 
Than to make up a free dcterminacion 
'Twixt right and wrong : ^^ for pleafure and revenge 
^' Have ears more deaf than adders, to the voice 
*' Of any true dccifion. Nature craves, 
All dues be rendered to their owners } novr 
J What nearer debt in all humanity. 

Than wife is to the husband ? If chia law 

Of nature be corrupted through affe&ix>n. 

And that great minds of partial indulgence 

To their t^nummed wills, refift the famci 

There is a law in each well-order'd nation. 

To curb thoie raging appetites that are 

Moft difobedient and refractory. 

If Helen then be wife to Sparta*% King» 

( As,*it is known, (he is) theie moral laws 

Of Nature, and of Nation, ipeak aloud 

To have her back returned. Thus to perfift 

In doing.wrang, eaaenuacesYiot wrong. 

But makes it much mcxct heavy. HtSnr^% opinion 

Is this in way of truth ; yet ne^erthelefi. 

My fprighdy brethren, I propend to you 

In reu>lution to keepifii2pir ftili ; 

For 'tisacaufe tfaathatfa no mean deptndance 

Upon our joint and fereral dignities. 

[ (a) But on ike eaufi. Mr, TbiobaU Vulg. jind 99 tin 

qaufi ] 

T-RoiLUi MnelCtiiiiDK, 407 

9r^ ' Wl)f % vhAte yoQ^coiidl'd thtt Ijfeof our defign :« 
Were it not gbry thu we more ^Qt^d 
Thanflic-periorniance-of our htraving ipleens, 
I uroold not wifli a drpp of Trym blood 
Spent more in her defence* Buc^ worthy Heffor^ 
Slie is a tbeam of honour and renown ; 
A fpur to valiant and magnanimous deeds ; 
Whole prefent courage niay beat down our focs» 
And Faroe, in time to cpine, cahonize us. 
For» I prcfijoie, brave He^ would not lofe 
So rich advantage of a prdmis'd glory. 
As fmiles upon the forehead of this a^ton. 
For the wide world's revenue. 

Heff. I am yours. 
You valiant off-fpring of great PriamHS.^"-^ 
1 have a roiftiog challenge fenc amongfl: 
The dull and fadlious nobles of the Greeks^ 
WH! ftrike amaremenc to their drowfie fpirits. 
I was advertized, their great General flepr, 
Whilft emohRion in tlw army crept : 
This, I preiume, will wake him. [Exsunt. 

S C E N E V. 

Before AchillesV Tent^ in the Grecian Caff^. 

Enter Therfites fofus. 

HO W now^ tberfiteif what, loft in the labyrinth 
of thy fury ? (hall the elqphant Ajax carry it 
thus ? he beats me, and I rail at him : O worthy fatis- 
fadtion ! 'would, it were otherwise ; that I could beat 
him, whilft he rail'd at me : 'sfoot, I'll learn to conjure 
and raife devils, but I'll iee fbme ifiue of my fpiteful 
execrations. Then there's Acbillesy a rare engineer. 
If "Jroy be not taken 'rill thefe two undermine it, the 
walb will ftand 'till they fall of themfelves. O thou 

D d 4 great 

Jove the King of Gods ; and, M»rM»i^>^olb^^UI 
lerp«:ntiiie trtfC of thy G^mftr, )ft«h«l ^talNr^tet 
that little^ little, lefi than little- "kM^ fys» tbmb 
that they have>, wbitb ftdn-anA^^^lgMrttnwi^ 
knows is fo abundant Icarce, it wiU'll(n^il%cirat^lK 
vention deliver a flf from a %ider, wkhMt drMi^Dg 
the mafly irons and cutting' the iveb. After tha, the 
vengeanceon the whole camp ! or rather^he bonc^dch^ 
for that, - naethinks, is the coHe depen&nt oa tbofe 
that war for a phcket. I have -- faid tfiy prayen^ 
and devil Envy fay Amen: What 4&t^ my 'ferd 
Achilles! ' •- ' 

Enter Patroclus. '^^ 

P^r. .Who's there? Tberfoes? Qof^.^lbeiftesy 
come in and rail. 

Sn^ If ,1 could havfi r9Demb$:r'4.A^^ltQ0|nter» 
l^ou €Qi|i)d*il not have Qipt out of my conteroptaci^ i 
but ftiai np mattert thyfelf upon thy^]. The com- 
mon curie of mankind, folly and igc^ifaiice, be thine 
in great revenue! heaveo bleft thee fi:f>m a fiator» 
and ^ifcif^ine come not near thee! Le( ^y blood be 
thy dire£tion 'till thy death, then if fiie, that lays tbee 
out, fays thou art a fair coarie, Vi\ be fwom and 
fwbrn upon^^ flie never, ihrowded any but Lazars % 
Amen. Where's Achilles ? 

S^^' !W;hike5 art dboOiJ^out? waift.fitORin pcayer? 

T}>er. Ay, thehc^n^ibeariii^? 

J?»fflraAchrHe8» J . 
. jicbii: Who's ihert.^ • 


felf up tb my tablp, ft fflany mei)$Z .^'ijiif;;^^!^^ 

«. Wif <^ 1 .r .-» ,..'i.« lfc-"Nl llJ'.A - J 3"jH 

TlL^I^l^Va j^'^UBSSLDA. 409 

* fW. Tlqr known* PairoHus: theotdlfaei P«« 
IrcicAfiiiy wtuK art thou? 
^ PtfTr. TlMi may'ft (ell^ ithat know'^. 
- ^tfW. Otcll, telli— 

SltfT. rU decline the whole.quefiiofv j^tPj^enrnm 
commands Jkkilles^ AcbilUs^ is my lord,: 1 9m Pa* 
sncUu's kqi»wer» and Pairoclsu is a fooL 1 
: Pair, YoauksA- ., 

tW. Peace, fcx>I, I have not done* 

jfcbil. He is a privileg*d man. Proceed, Tierfiies. 

Tber, Agamemnon is a fool, Achilles is a fool, 72tfr- 
^a is a foS,' and, as aforefaid, Patrodus is a fooL 

j^rK/. Derive this; come. 

Tber. j^aniemnm is a ' fbol to offir to- command 
' AchilUs^, Achilles is a fool to be coitamanded of j^a* 
fnemnon^ Tbetfites is a fool co ferve fuch a fool, and 
Patrocks is d focJ po&tive. 

P^/r. Why am I a fool ? 

Tlb^r. 'Make that demand to thy crMt«; it 

' IViffices me, thou art. 

• : . 

S C E N E VI. 

Enter Agamemnon« Ulyfl^s, Neftor, Diomedes, 

Ajax, OM Cakhas, 

Ijook you, who Gomes here i 

Acbil. PatrocluSy V\\ (peak with no body : cpme in 
with me, TberfUes. [iEwV. 

Tber. Here is fuch patchery^ fuch juellngy and 
fuch knavery : all the argument is a ci|CKoid and a 
whore, a good quarrel to draw emulous factions, and 
bleed to death upon : * now the dry Serpigo on the fub- 
jcSt^ and war and lechery confound all ! [Exit. 

4icr TuoiLus omI CkBuiDA^ 

Jgs. Where is JcbilUs f 

Patr. Wkhin his tent, but ill 4irpos*d, my lord. 

j^a^ Lee it be known to him that ve are here. 
■ He (hent our meflengcrs, and We lay by 
Our appercainmenrs, vifiting of him : 
Lee him be told fo, left, perchance, W think 
We dare not move the qucftioa of our place ; 
Or know not what we are. 

Pair. I (hati io fay to him. [Exii. 

Vbff* ^^ faW'^im ac the opening of his tem» 
He is not Gck. 

Jjax. Yes, lion-fick, Tick of a proud heart : you 
may call it melat^iioly, if you will favour the man; 
but, by my head, 'tis pride ; but why, why ? ■■■ . J et 
him (hew us the caufe. A word, my lord. 

[ To Agameainoo* 

Ifefi. What nooves Ajax thus to bay at bim \ 

VJjtff^ JcbiUes hath inv^gkd faisLfioql from him. 

Neft. Who, TberJUes? . 

Ulyjf. He- 

Nefi. Then will Jjax lack autter, if he have loft 
bis argument. 

1/7^ No, yoi; lee, he is his argument, that has his 
argument, Achilles. 

Nffi. All the betters their fradtion is more ourwilb 
than their fa&ion ; but it was a itrong counfel, that a 
fool could difunite. 

Ufyjf. The amity, that wifdom knits not, ibUy 
may eafily untye. 

8 A# 6BMT our mefftngtrs.- ■ ] This nonfettfe fliould be 

Hi SHBMT 9ur mffftngtn^* i ■ ■■ 
y. i, itbuked, nted. 


TuoiLus and Cre^sida^ 4xr 


Enter Paiiwlus, 

Here comes Patrodus. 

Ncfi. No Achilles with him ? 

C7?)!^ The elephant hath joints, but none for courtcGe^ 
His iegs are for necciBty, not flexure. 

Pair. JcbiUes bids me fey, he is much forry. 
If any thing more than your fport and pleaire 
Did move yoqr greatneis, and this noble ftate. 
To call on him ; he hopes, it is no other, 
J^t for your health and your digeltion-fake ; * 
An after-dinner*s breath. 

j^a^ Hear you, Pairoclus % 
We are too well acquainted with thefc anfwers : 
But his evafion, wing*d thus fwifc with fcorn. 
Cannot outflie bur apprehcnfions. 
Much attribute he hath, and much the rcafbn 
Why we afcribe it to him ; yet all his virtues 
(Not virtuoufly on his own part beheld) 
Do in our eyes begin to lofe their glols i 
And like fair fruit in an unwholfome difli. 
Are like to rot untafted. Go and tell him. 
We come to (peak with him; and you (hali not fin^i 
If you do fay, we think him over-proud. 
In felf>aflumption greater than in note 
Of judgment? fay, men worthier thanhimfelf 
Here tend the favage ftrangenefs he puts on» 
Difguife the holy (Irengtb of their command. 
And under-go in an oblerving kind 
Hts humourous predominance; yea, watch 
{a) His pettilh lunes, his ebbs and flows ; asif 
The paflage and whole carriage of this aftk>n 
Rode on his tide. Go tell him this, and add, 

[(a) Hispettijb iunes. Oxford Editor — Vi^g. ffUj/i lines,] 


r — 

412 TlOlhV$r{tftfl,Cfit^^ip.A, 



That if he over-hold his price fo inucb» 

We'll none of him; but let him, like ai) eftj^fne 

Not portable, lye under this report* 

Bring aftion hither, this can^t go to War : ^ 

A ftirring dwarf we do allowance givei ^ 

Before a (leepihg giant \ tell him U>. 

Patr. 1 ffaall, and bring his anfwer prefentlv. 

jfga. In fecond voice we'll not be (atisfiea. 
We come to fpeak with him« Ul^ffes^ enter. 

jfjasf, XVhat is lie more than another r 

jfgd. No more than what he thinks he fs. 

jfjax. h he fo much ? do you not think, he thinks 
Irimfelf a better man than I am? 

j4ga. Ko queftion. 

^^/WiH you fubfcribe his thou^t,' and fiy, 
he is? 

j^a. No, noble y^ax^ you are as fttong, as valiant, 
as wife, po lefs noble, much more gentle^ and ^tx^ 
ther more tradable. 

jfjax. Why ihould a man be proud ^ how doth 
pride grow ? 1 know not what it is. 

jfga. Your mind is clearer, 4f^Xp and your vbiyes 
t))e fairer; he, that is proud, eats up himfelf. Pbde 
is his own gla^, his own trumpet, his own chrootde; 
and whatever praifs itself but m the deed,' deyiours die 
deed in the praifc. ,/'][. 

S C 5: N E Itilt 

Re-enier X5\yK^. 


1 *. 

' / • « . * •. 

J^M. I do hate a proud man, as I h^te the eng^« 
ringof CMds. :.sq : • . . 

N^. Yet he loves bknfelf: is^c not ftfang^ ^ 
Uijff. AcbilUs will not to the field to^motrqw* .1 
Aga. What's his excufe? 
Ifixf. He doth rely on non^ } 


i^4 .-.U - 

>; > »N 

But qnies.on the ftream of hi$ diipoie, . 
Without oblcrvancc or rcfccft of any, 
* In wiU*peculiar, and in telf-admillion* 

J^a. Why will he not, upon our hir requeft, 
UnHient his pcrfon, and ihare the air with us? i 

i^^' Thu)g3 finall as nothing, for requeft'i (ake 
He makes important: ' he's poilefl: with greatnels, 
And fpeaks not to himfelf, but with a pride 
That quarreis at felf-breath. Imagined worth' 
Holds in bis blood fuch fwoln and hot difeourie. 
That, 'twixt his mental and his adive pares, 
Kingdom'd ^ri&i7/<?i in commotion rages. 
And batters down himfelf; what ihould liay ? 
He is fo plaguy proud, that the death-iok^ of it 
Cry, no recovery. 

jfga. L?t JJax gp to him. -^ 

Ipear lord, go you and greet him in his tent ; 1 
^Tis faid, he holds you well, and will be jc^. 
At your rec|ueft a litde from himielf. '^ , 

Ufyjl O, Jgamenmon^ let it not be fo» 
We'll confecrate the ftcps that ^jax nuke^^ ' ,. 
When they go Troni Achilles. Shall the prou^ lord, 
That baftes his ^rrpgance with his own fcapXr, 
And never fuflfcrs 'matters cl" the world ^ , ,,. ^ 
Enter his thoughts, (lave fuch as do rcvolyc , 
And ruminate himfelfj (hall he be worfhipp'd 
Of That, we hold an idol more than he } 
No, thisvthrice- worthy and right-valiant lord 
Muft not fo ftale his palmt pohly acquired ; 
Nor, by my will, afTubjugate his meri^ 

» i 

be rcid like lelfnidmiAoii wiikn^^t^k- Tbe-i^ni^ is He 
does nothiDg but wh&c his own will didlatc?^^ %nd approves of 
noduDg but what his own fancy lecon] mends. 

ieffioA of him, as chcdevil of a^^ftricch. ' ""' ' 'V 


414 Troilus and Caes:s)d4* 

(As amply titled, as AcbSles is^) by going Co jkbilUs: 
'J^hat were t' iniard his pride, already facv 
And add more coals 10 Cancer j when fat bums 
With entertaining great Hyperim. 
This lord go to him i Jufiiet torbid, 
And fay in thunder, jicbilUs go to him ! 

Nefl, O, this is well, he rubs the vein of him. 

Dio. And how hts filence drinks up this ap|daufe! 

Ajax. If I go to him-— with my armed m. 
rU pa(h him o'er the face. 

Jga. O no, you fliall not go. 

Ajax. An he be proud with me. 111 {^eefe hb 
pride ; let me go to him. 

Ufyjf. Not tor the worth that hangs upon oar 
quarrel. » 

Ajax. A paltry infolent fellow* ■>■ * 

Nefi. How he dcfcribea himfelf ! 

Ajax. Can he not be fociable ? 

Ufyjf, The raven chides blacknefs. 

Ajax. I'll let his humours b]6od. 

Aga. He'll be the pbyiician, that Ihould be the 

Ajax. And all men were o* my min d ■■■■ * 

Ulyjf. Wit would be out of failiion. 

Ajax. He fhouid not bear it jfo, he fliould eat (words 
firit: fliall pride carry it? 

Neji. An 'twould, you'd carry half. 

UiyJJ. He would have ten ihanes. 

^Ajax. I will knead him, I'll miake him fupple 

Neft. He is not yet through warm : force him with 
praifes ; pour in, pour in ; his ambition is dry. 

Uhjf. My lord, you feed too much on this diOike« 

N^. Our noble General, do not do Ib» 

Di9. You muft prepare to fight without Achilla. 

UlyJf. Why, 'tis this naming of him doth him hanto* 

S Ajax. livill knead him, F II make htrnfitppUi he's not jet fhtet^h 
moarm,! The latter pare of this Tpeech (hould be given to Sy/hr, 


Troilus and Cressid^. 415 

Here is a mnif^ ■ ^>fattt *tis beforehis face* 
'1 will be fildit* 

Nefi. . Wbereforc (boold you fo? 
He is noc emuiousy as jtcbilUs is. 

Ufyff. Know xfae whole worldi he is as valianc. 

j^axk A whorfon dog ! that palters thus with us -* 
Would he were a Trojan! 

Nefi. What a vice were it in Jjax no w 

U^. If he were prbud. 

Dio. Or covetous of pfaife. • 

Utyjf. Ay, or furly borne. 

Dio. Orftrange, opfelf-affefted. 

Ufyjf. Thank the heav'ns, lord, thou art of fweee 
compofure ; 
Fraife him that got thee, her that gave thee liick : 
Fam'd be thy Tutor, and thy parts of nature 
Thrice-fam'd beyond, beyond all erudition ; 
But he that difciplin'd thy arms to fight. 
Let Mars divide eternity in twain. 
And give him half ( ind for thy vigor. 
Bull-bearing Miio his Addition yields 
To finewy j^ax% Pil not praife thy wiidom, : 
Which, like a bourn, a pale, a ihore^ confines 
Thy fpacious and dilated parts^ Here*8 iV^fer, 
Infirufted by th6 Antiqaary times ; 
He mufty he is, he cannot but be wife : 
But pardon^ hikeTrN^(a\ were your days 
As green as jljax^ and your brain ib tempet 'd. 
You. flKwkl ooe have tk& eminence of hioi. 
But be as Ajax. 

Ajax. Shall l<;dl you father? 

Ufyff^ Ay, my good fon. 

Dio. Be rul'd by him, lord Ajax^ 

U^Jf. There is no tarrying hm ; the Hart jkMUs 
K^ps thicket ; . j^fe it our ffcax General 
To call together all his State of war; 
Frefh Kings are come to Troy : to morrow, friends. 


4i6 Troilus and CftE88il>A. 

We imft with all oar maun of powV ftuid fiift : 
And her^s a lord, come Knights from Eaft to Weft^ 
And cull their flowV, JJM Ihall cope the bcft* 

jtga. Go we to Counol, )xxAcbilks{km\ 
Light boats fail fwift, though grcaw balkt draw 
deep. {Exeunt. 


VdX^&^s Apartments in the Palace^ in Troy. 

Enter Pandarus, and a Servant. [Mitfick wUbiu?^ 

Pa nd arvs. 

FRIEND! youl pray you, a word: doootyoa 
follow the young lord Paris f 

Ser. Ay, Sir, when he goes b^re me. 

Pan. You do depend upon him, I mean ? 

Ser. Sir, I do depend upon the lord. 

Pan. You do depend upon a noble gendemafl : I 
muft needs praife him. 

5^. The lord be praifed! 

pan. You know me, do you nocf 

Ser. Faith, Sir, fupcrficiailly. 

Pan. Friend^ know me beneri I «i the kxd 

Ser. I hope, I fball knowyour faoooor better^ 

Pan. I do dcfire it. 

Ser. You are in the fiateof Grace. 

Pan. GraceP notfo, friend: honour Md loidfli^ 
are my titles : * 

What mofick is this? 

Ser. I do but partly know. Sir; it is mufidc ii 

Pan. Know you the muficians > ^ 

5^r. Tp *tpc {learcrs. Sir, . , 

Pan. At'w^ofe pleafgrc,' friend I 

»^» jf*. 

too courtly, and thou art too cunning. At whofe 
recyieft do tl|jfc men play fr r . • -) ... 

Ser. That's to*t, indeed. Sir ; marry, Sir, at the 
requeft of B.ttris my brd^ vha'$ there ia perloai-. with 
him the morul Venus^ the heart-blood of Idsmty, 
(a^ love's vjfibic foul. . n - 

Pan. Who, my coufin Cr^Sia ? 

^^. No, Sir, Mikni copid you not find out That 
by her attributes? - . ^_ ^ 

Pan. It Ihould i^em, felfow, that thou haftnot ftcfi 
the lady Cn^ida. I come to fpeak with /■ifirr/ from 
the Prince Tr^iluj: I will make a complemeiual af&ulc 
upon him, for fhy bufincfs fecches. 'J 

Ser. Sodden biifinefs ! there's a fte wM pbrad^ indeed* 

•' * . ^ * - ^ 

S C EN E It 

Enter Paris '^^ Helen, atundid. 

» « 

:. J'i«U.Iw& bt %> youj oiy lord, and tg> all this fair 
company ! fair Defires in all fair meafiare iaigVf guide 
them i-«i|P^wU] you^ &ir Qoeen, &Lir choi^hts 
be your fair pillow ! 

Helen. Dear l^d, you iird.f »U of fiiir words. 
rj iipJs« iXm <P9ak your foir pIcaAire, fwcpt Qgeen : 
fair Prince, here is good broken mufick. 

Par. YoQ have broken it, coufini and* hf my \\k% 

i(^) bvi'^'vifiHifQuL Oxford Editor-* Vulg. hveUinntiJikk 

Vol. VIL E e you 

418 TftOiLUs and Cressida; 

you (hall make it whole again ; yewi (ball piece k out 
with a piece of your performance. NelL^ he is full 
of harmony. 

Pan. Truly, lady, no. 

Helm. O, Sir 

Pan. Rude, in ibotb ; in good iooch, very rade. 

Par. Well faid, my lord; well, you fiy ib in 

Pern. I have bufmefs'to my lord, dear Qieon ; my 
lord, will you vouchfafe me a word ? 

Hekn, Nay, this fliall not hedge us out 5 we'll hear 
you fing, certainly. 

Pm. Well, fweet Queen, you arc pleafant widi 
me 5 but marry thus, my lord ;— my dear lord, and 
moft elteemed Friend, your brother Troiius^—^^ 

Helen. My lord Pandarus^ honey-fwcet lord,— — 

Pan. Go to, fweet Queen, go to 

Commends him&lf moft afFedionately to you. 

Helen. You fhall not bob us out of our melody ; 
If you do, our melancholy upon your head ! 

Pan. Sweet Queen, fweet Queen, that's a ftwct 
Queen, I*feith 

Helen. And to make a fweet lady &d, is a fower 
offence. Nay, that Ihall notferve your turn, that (hall 
it not in truth, la. Nay, I care not for fuch words, 
no, no— — 

. Pan. And, my lord, he dcfircs you, that if the 
King call for him at fuppcr, you will make his excufc 

Helen. My lord Pandarns^'—^ 

Pan. What fays my fweet Qjeen, my very very 
fweet Qaeen ? 

Par. What exploit's in hand, where fups he to 
night ? 

Helen. Nity, but my lord,- 

Pan. What fays my fweet Queen ? my coufln will 
fall out wkh you. 

Helen. You mufl, not know where he fups. 


TjjLoiLus and Cressida. 419 

Par. V\\ lay my Jife, ' with my di/poufer Qr^ffida. 

Pan. Np, no, no fuch matter, you are wide; come, 
your difpoufer is fick. 

Par. Well, I'll make excufe. 

Pan. Ay, good my lord; why (hould you fay, 
Creffida ? .lio, your poor difpoufcr's fick. 

Par. I fpy 

Pw. You Ipy, what do you fpy ? come, give mc 
aa inftrumenc now, fweec Qaeen, 

Hekn. Why, this is kindly done. 

Pan. My neice is horribly in love with a thing you 
have, fweet Queen. 

Hfilen. She Ihall have it, my lord, if it be not my 
l9rd Paris. 

Pan. JHle? no, Ihe'll none of him, they two arc 

Hekn. Falling in after falling out, may majce.them 

Pan. Come, qome. Til hear no more of this. Pll 
fing you a fong now. 

Hekn. Ay, ay, pr^ythee now ; by my tfioth, fw,eet 
lord, thou haft a fine fore-head. 

Pan. Ay, you may, you may — ■ . ■■ 

Hekn. JLc^t thy fong be love: this love will undo us 
all. Oh, C»M Cupid^ Cupid! 

Pan. Love !— ay, that it (hall, i* faith. 

Par. Ay, good now, love, love, nothing but love. 

Pan. In good troth, it begins fo. 

Lpve^ love^ nothing hut kve^ ftill more : 

For O, lov^s bow 

Shoots buck and doe ; 

Thefiaft confounds 

Not that it wounds^ 

But tickksjan^be fore. 

I .^_ ftJiiifh m;^ D I s p o s E R CreJJiia^ I think dij^fer flioald, in 
thefe places, be read DXSPous£R;(he that would feparate Beten 
from him* 

E c 2 pfefi 

4.20 Troilus and CaEssiDAt 

^fe lovers cry^ ob! oh! they dfe: 
Tet Tbaty wbitb ferns the wound to kill^ 
Doth tumy oh! ob! toha^ ba^ be: 
So dying love lives ftiU. 
* Obo^ a wbik ; but ba^ ba^ ba ; 

O bo groans out for ba, ba, ba^-^-^bey bo I 

Helen. In love, i* faith, to the very tip of the nofe! 

Par. He cats nothing but doves, love, and that 
breeds hot blood, and hot blood begets hot thoughts, 
and hot thoughts beget hot deeds, and hot deeds arc 


Pan. Is this the generation of love ? hot bloody 
hot thoughts, and hot deeds? why they arc vipers; 
is love a generation of vipers ? — Sweet lord, who's 
a-field to day ? 

Par. Heilory Deipbobus, Helenus^Anienor^ and all the 
gallantry of Trey. 1 would fain have arm'd to day^ 
but ipy Nell would not have it fo. How chance my 
brother troilus went not ? 

Helen. He bangs the lip at fomething j yoo know 
all, lord Pandarus. 

Pan. Not I, honey fweet Queen : I long to hear 
how they fped to day. YouMl remember your bro- 
ther's ejtcttfc ? 
Par. To a hair. 
Pan. Farewel, fweet Queen. 
Helen. Commend me to your neice. 
Pan. I will, fweet Queen. [Exit. Sound a Retreat. 
Par. They*re comcFrom Held : let us to Priam*% 
To greet the warriors^-Sweet Hekn^ I muft woo yoo 
To help unarm our HeSor : his ftubborn buckles. 
With thefe your white enchanting fingers toucht. 
Shall more obey, than to the edge of fted, . 
Or force of Greeki/h (inews : you fliall do more 
Than all the ifland Kings, difarm great Heffar. 
Helen. 'Twill make us proud to be his {trvMt^ Paris: 

Troilus and Cressida. 421 

Tea, what he (hall receive of ul in dutv 
Gives us more palm in beauty than we have» 
Yea, over-fhines our felf. 

Par* Sweet, above thought I love thee. \Extmt. 

An Orchard to Pandarus'j Houfe. 

Enter Pandarus, and Troilus*^ Man, 
Pan. T^ O W, whereas thy matter ? at my coufm 

Ser. No, Sir, * he prays you to conduft him thither. 

Enter Troilus. 

Pan. O, here he comes ; how now, how now ? 

Trot. Sirrahi walk off. 

Pan. Have you fcen my coufin ? 

7roi. No, Pandarus : I ftalk about her door. 
Like a ftrange ibul upon the Stygian banks 
Staying for waftage. O, be thou my Charon^ 
And give me fwitt tranfportance to thofe fields, 
*Where I may wallow in the lilly beds 
ProposM for the defcrvcr! O gentle Pandarus^ 
From Cupid^s Ihoulder pluck his painted wings, 
And fly with me to Cr^. 

Pan. Walk here i* th* orchard, I will bring her 
ftraight. [Exit Pandarus. 

Trot. Fm giddy ; expe£bation whirls me round. 
Th* imaginary rciifti is lb fwect. 
That it enchants my fenfe : what will it be. 
When that the watry palate taftes indeed. 
Love's thrice*reputed ne6lar? death, I fear me; 
Swooning deftru&ion, or fbme joy too fine. 
Too fubde-potent, and too Iharp in fweetnefi^ 

'/ji STAYS j?w—] Wc fhould ready— i-^/ PRATijw*-— 

E e 2 For 

422 Troilus and CfetSslfiA* 

For the capacity of my rude powers 5 
I fear it much, and I do fear beftdes. 
That I (hall lofe diftinftion in my joys; . 
As doth a battle, when they charge on heaps 
The flying enemy. 

Re-enter Pandarus. 

Pan. She's making her rfiady, fhe'U come ftraighc ; 
you muft be witty now. She docs fo bluJh, and 
fetches, her wind fo fliort, as if (he were fraid with a 
fprite: Til bring her. It is the prettied villain, Ibc 
fetches fier breath as ftiort as a ncw-ta*cri fparrow. 

[£x/V Pandarus. 

Trot. Ev*n fuch a paflion doth embrace my bolbm : 
My heart beats thicker than a fev'rous pulfc ; 
And all my pow'rs dp their beftowing lofe. 
Like vaflalage at unawares encountring 
The eye of Majefty. 



Enter Pandarus and Creffida. 

Pan. Come, come ; what need you blufh ? Shaiiie's 
a baby . Here Ihe is now : fwear the oaths nofc to her, 
that you have fworn to me. What, are you gohc 
again ? you muft be watch*d ere you be made tame, 
muft you ? come your ways, come your ways ; if you 
draw backward, we'Jl put you i* th* files : Why do 
you not fpeak to her ? Come, draw this curtain, and 
let's fee your pidlure. Alas the day, how loth you 
are to offend aay-light ? an 'twere dark, you'd clofc 
fooner. So, fo, rub on, and kifs the Miftrefe; how 
now, a kife in fee- farm ? build there, carpenter, the 
air is fweet. Nay, you (hall fight your hearts out, 
ere I part you. The faulcon as the tercel, for all the 
ducks i* th* river : go to, go to. 

Trot. You have bereft me of all words, Jady. 


Troilus and Crissida. 423 

'Bam. Words pay no debts, give her deeds: but 
ihe'll bereive you of deeds coo, if (he call your acti- 
vity inqtaeftion: what, biUingagaia? here's, in wit- 
fie6 whereof the parties interchangeably— -conic in, 
come in, Til go get a fire. {Emt Pandarus, 

Ore. Will you walk in, my lord? 

^roi, O Creffida^ how often have I wiftit me thus? 

Cre. Wifhr, my lord ! the Gods grant O my 


^roi. What fliould they grant? what makes this 
pretty abruption ? what too curious dreg eipies my 
fweet lady in the fountain of our love ? ♦ 

Ore. More dregs than water, if my fears have eyes, 

'Trot. Fears make devils of cherubims, tliey never 
fee truly. 

Cre. Blind fear, which ieeing reafon leads, finds 
fafcr footing than blind reafon ftumbling without fear. 
To fear the worft, oft cures the worfe. 

Troi. O, let my lady apprehend no fear-, in all 
Cupid's Pageant there is prefented no monffer. 

Cre. Nor nothing monftrous neither? 

TroL Nothing, but our Undertakings ; when we 
vow to weep fcas, live in fire, eat rocks, tame tygers ; 
thinking it harder for our miftrcft to devife impjfition 
enough, than for us to undergo any difnculty impo- 
fed. This is the monftruofity in love, lady, that the 
will is infinite, and the execution confia'd : that the 
dcfire is boundlels, and the a^ a (lave to limit. 

Cre. They fay, all lovers Iwear more performance 
than they are able ; and yet referve an ability, that 
they never perform : vowing more than the perfection 
often, and difcharging lefe than the tenth part of one. 
They that have the voice of lions, and the ad of hares, 
are they not monrtrous ? 

Troi. Are there iiich ? fuch are not we ; praife us 
as we are taAed, allow us as we prove : our head fhall 
go bare> till merit crown it^ no perfection in rever- 

£ e 4 fion 

424 Troilus and C?it%iu>k. 

(ion fhall have a praifein prefent; we will not name 
deferc before his birth, and, being born, • hi* additioti 
Ihall be humble \ few words to fair iaich. troUus Hull 
be fuch to Creffida^ as what envy ain £iy worft, 
ihall be a mock for his truth ; and what truth can 
fpeak trueft, not truer than brinks. 
Ore. Will you walk in, my lord ? 


Enter Pandarus. 

Pan. What blufhing dill ? have you not done talk- 
ing yet ? 

Cre. Well, uncle, what folly I commit, I dcdiate 
to you. 

Pan. I thank you for that ; if my lord get a boy 
of you, you'll give him me^ be true to my lord; if 
he ninch, chide me for it. 

T'm. You know now your hollages ; your uncle's 
word and my firm faith. 

Pan. Nay, I'll give my word for her too \ oar 
kindred, though they be long ere they are woo'd, 
they are conftant, being won \ they are burrs, I can 
tell you, they'll (lick where they are thrown. 

Cre. Boldnefs comes to me now, and brings me 
Prince Troilus^ I have lov'd you night and day. 
For many weary months. 

Troi. Why was my Creffld then fo hard to win ? 

Cre, Hard to feem won : but I was won, my lord. 
With the firft glance that ever — pardon me-- 
If I confefs much, you will play the tyrant ; 
I love you now y but not till now, fo much 
But I might mafter it — in faith, I lie- ■ 
My thoughts were, like unbridled children, grown 
Too headftrong for their mother ; (ee, we fools ! 
Why have I blabb'd ? who fhall be true to us. 



Tkoilus and Ckessi pa. 4.25 

When we are fo wifecrec u> cxir ielves? 

But though I lov*d you well, I woo*d you not i 

*And yet« good faith, I wiiht oiy felf a m^ : 

Or tint We women had noen's privilege^ 

Of fpeakingfirft. Sweet, bid me hold my tongue i 

For in this rapture I fhall furely fpeak . 

The thing I (hall repent ; ice, fee, your fiknce 

(Cunning in dumbneis) from my weaknefi draws 

My very foul of counfel. Stop my mouth. 

Trot. And (hall, albeit fweet mufick iBkcs thence. 


Pan. Pretty, i'faith 

Cre. My lord, I do beieech you, pardon me i 
*Twa5 not my purpo(e thus to oeg a kiis : 
I am a(ham'd ; — O heavens, what have I done !-*• 
For this time will I take my leave, my lord. 

Trot. Your leave, i^tttCreJfidf 

Pan. Leave 1 an you take leave till to morrow 

Cre. Pray you, content you. 

frw. What offends you, lady ? 

Cri. Sir, mine own company'. 

Trou You cannot (hun your felf. 

Cre. Let me go try : 
I have a kind otfclf rcfides with you : 
But an unkind felf, that it felf will leave, 
To be another's fool. Where is my wit ? 
I would be gone : I fpeak, I know not what. 

Troi. Well know they what they fpeak, that fpeak 
fo wifely. 

Cre. Perchance, my lord, I (hew more craft than 
And fell fi> roundly to a large confeillon,. 
To angle for your thoughts : but you are wife. 
Or elie you love not : To be wi(e and love, 
Exceeds man*s might, and dwells with Gods above. 

TroL Of that I thought it could be in a woman. 

426 TRoiLtJs and CftRsfsiDA. 

(As, if it can, I wiB pr^fumc in you,) 

To feed for ay her hnftp and flames ef love. 

To keep her conftancy in pMght and yioiith 

Out-living Beauties outward i with a rmiid 

That doth renew fwifter than blood decays ! 

Or, that perfwafion could but dnce convince me. 

That my integrity and truth to you 

Mif'ht be affronEcd with th^ match and weight 

Oftuch a winnow'd purity in lover 

How were I then up-lffted ! but alas, 

1 am as true as Truth's fimplicity, 

* And fimpler than the infancy of trutiL 

' Cre, In that 1*11 war with you- 

Trw. O virtuous fight ! 
When Right with Right warrs who fhall be m^ 
True fwains in love (hall in. the world to corae 
Approve their truths by Troths 5 when their rbknes. 
Full of proteft, of oath, and big compare. 
Want fimilies : truth, tired with iteration. 
As true as fteel, as * Plantage to the Moon, 
As Sun to day, as her mate. 
As iron to adamant, as earth to th* center : 
Yet after all comparifons of truth, 

1 And fimpler than the infamy of truth,'} This is finC : wA 
means, Ere truth, to defend itftlf againft deceit in the commera 
eftbenvorld, had, out of necejfiiy, learn* d nvifldlj policy. 

^ Plantage to t be Moon.\ I fbtoerly made a filly G«- 

jefturc, that the true reading wai. 

Planets to their Moons, 
But I did notrcfled that it was wrote before G/j/i/w had difcovcred 
the Satellites of 7»//V^r ; this play being printed in 1609, and 
that difcovery made in 17 10. So that Plantage to the Mdonu 
right, and alludes to the common opanion of the inflaettce iht 
Moon has ov«r what is planted or fown, which was thcrefeie 
done in the increafe. 

Rite Latome puerum canintes^ 

Rite crefcemem fatt tto&ikcam, 

Fro^erda fryptm *■ " ^ '^ H«r- L. 4. Od.6. 

* (Al 

TKdiiuS tind Cft^issiDA. 427 

* As truth authentick,' ever to be cited. 

As true as troilus^ Ihall crown up tht verfe. 

And fanftifie the numbers. 

Cre. Prophet may you be ! 

If I be falfe, or fwervc a hair from truth. 

When time is old and hath forgot it felf. 

When water-drops have worn the ftoncs of 7r^, 

And blind Oblivion fwallow'd Cities up, 

And mighty States charafterle(s arc grated 

To dufty Nothing; yet let Memory, 

From falfe to falfe, among falfe maids in love. 

Upbraid my falfehood! wh6n they've faid, a« falfc 

As air, as water, as wind, as faridy earth ; 

As fox to lamb, as wolf to Keifcr's Calf; 

P^rd to the hind, or ftep-dame to her fon 5 

Yea, let them fay, to ftick the heart of falfehood. 

As falfe as Crejftd. 

Pan. Go to, a bargain made : feal it, feal ir, I'll be 
chfe withefs. — Here 1 hold your hand ; here my cou- 
fifl*s ; if ever you prove falie to one another, fihce I 
have taken fuch pains to bring you together, lee all 
pittfal Goers-betwcen be call'd to the world's end after 
ix\j name ; call them all Pandars: {a) let all inconftant 
men be Troilus's^ all falfe women CreJJida*Sy and all 
brokers between Pandars : fay, Amen. 
Trot. Amen! 
Cre. Amen! 

Pan. Amen; Whereupon I will fhew you a bed- 
chamber J which bed, becaufe it (hall not fpeak of 

5 As truth's authentic author t9 he eitid] Thit 
line is abfo'.ute nonfenfc. We Ihmld read, 

As TRUTH AtTHENTIC, EVEfc t6 be cited. 

i. e. when all comparilbns T)f truth sire exhaoHed, they fliall be 
then aU lummcd up in this great one, this authentic truth ever to 
be cited, as tiue as Troilus. 

[ [a) let.^ all ihcohflant then. Oxford Editor. Vulg. */ ttll 

confiant men.'\ 


428 Troilus ami Cressida. 

your pretty encounters, prefs it to death : away. 
And Qipid grant all tongue-ty'd maidens here* 
Bed, chamber, and Pandar to provide this Geer ! 


Changes to the Grecian Camp. 

Enter Agamemnon, Ulyiles, Dtomedes, Neftor, Ajaz, 

Menelaus, Md Calchas. 

Ca/.T^OW, Princes, for thefervicel hare done you, 
JlN Th' advantage of the time prompts me aloud 
To call for recompenfe : ^ appear it to you. 


5 ' t appear it f fou, 

nat^ ibroagb t hi fight Hear in things t» CBme, 
1 ha*ue ahandoiCd Vroy, ] This re^rontng perplexes Mr. 
Theohaldy Hefofifami his eonntfy *was nndemei be ran ener #» the 
Greeks ; and this he makes a merit ^ fays the Editor. / enm 
(continues he) the moti'ves rf his eratery feem /# me femtvahai per* 
•uerfe and nnartfuL Nor d9 I knew how to recnnciie it^ nmlefs 
onr foet pnrfofehf intended to make Chalcat ad the part of a tkuc 


^RIBST, andjofrom moti*ues of felf- inter efi infimnate the merit 
Tjie Editor did not know how to recooctle thia. 
or I neither. For I donU know what he means by the mttims 
of his oratory t or, from motives of feif-interefi to infimsate merit. 
But if he woold iniinaate» that ic was the poet*s defign toaidke 
his prlefl felf interefted, and to reprefent to the Greeks that wlot 
he did tor his own prefervation was done for their ierrice, he is 
miilaken. Shakefpear thought of nothing fo fiUy, as it woold be 
to draw his pried a kna-ve^ in order to xnake him talk like a fiol, 
Tho* that be the fate which generally attends their sbnfers. ta 
ShakeJ^ear was no fach ; and confequently wanted not this cover 
for dttlneft. The ptnsefenefs is all the £ditor*s own, who so- 

' ■ throngh the fight I have in things to rente 
I have abandoned Txoy ^ ■ 

To fignify, by my power offrefcience finding my country map h 
ruined^ I have therefore abandoned it to Jeek reftsge nmib jeni- 
whereas die trae fenfei^i Be it known nntoyon^ that on sucndnflf^ 
a gift or faculty I have of feeing things to come, vjhich fatsAp I 
fnppofe vionld be efiesmed ly you at acceptable and ufefuU I ' 


Troilus and Cressida. 429 

That, through the fight I bear in things to come, 
I have abandoned Troy^ left my poflcflion, 
Incurr'd a traitor's name, exposed myfclf. 
From certain and poflcft conveniences. 
To doubtful fortunes ; fequcftrcd from all 
That time, acquaintance, cuftom, and condition. 
Made tame and mod familiar to my nature : 
And here, to do you iervice, am become 
As new into the world, ftrange, unacquainted. 
1 do befeech you, as in way of tafte. 
To give me now a little benefit. 
Out of thofe many regiftred in promiie. 
Which, you fay, live to come m my behalf. 

jfga. What wouldft thou of us, Trojan f make 

Col. You have a Trojan prifoner, calfd Antenor^ 
Ycftcrday took : Troy holds him very dear. 

WLhamdamtd Troy m nativi Country, That he could not mean 
what the Editor fappofes» appcan from thefe confideratioiu» Flrft, 
li he had leprd'entcd hioifelf as running from a falling cit^, he 
coold never have (aid, 

/ ba'u e ixfo^d my ft If 

From certain andfofftfid conveniences^ 

To doubtful ^r/»*^/——— 
Secondly, The abfoluce knowledge of the ^1 of Trey was a fecret 
bid from the inferior Gods themfelves ; as appears from the 
poetical hiliory of that war. It depended on many contingences 
whofe exiftence they did not foresee. All that they knew was, 
ikAt if fuch and fiich things happened Troy would fail. And this 
fecret they communicated to Caffdndra only» but along with it* 
the hit not to be believed. Several others knew each a feveial part 
of the fecret ; m/, that Trof could not be taken unlefs JchilUe 
went to the war ; another, chat it could not fall while it hkd the 
PeiimdsMm i and To on. fiut the fecret, chat it was abfolutely to 
fall, was known to none. 

The fenfe here given will admit of no dlfpute amongft thofe 
who know how acceptable a Seer was amongft the Greeks, So 
that this Calchas, Itke a true frieft, if it mult needs be fo* went 
where he could exercife his profefBon with moft advantage. For 
it beiug much leis common amongit che Greeis than the JJSatictp 
there would be there a greater demand for it. 


43° Tkoilus fmd Cressida, 

Oft hjgtye yqu (often h?vc 709 thaoks cherefore;) 
Defir'd my Creffid in right- great exchange. 
Whom T^roy hath ftill deny d : but this 4nUn^^ 
I know, is fuch a wreit in their affairs, 
That their negotiations all mud flackt 
Wanting his Manage ; and they will almp/l 
Give us a Prince o'lh' blood, a Ton oli Priam^ 
In change of him. Let him be fcnt, great Princes, 
And he ftiall buy my daughter: and her presence 
Shall quite ftrike off all Service I havedpne, 
(a) In moft accepted pay. 

jiga. Let Diomedes bear him, 
And bring us CreJJid hither : Cakbas Ihall {lave 
What herequefts of u$. Gpod Diomedc^ 
Furnifh you tairJy for this enterchangc \ 
Withall, bring word, \{ H€Sorm\\ to nGK>rroyr 
Be anfwerM in his challenge. Jjax is ready. 

Dio. This fhail I undertake, and 'tis a t^rthen 
Which 1 am proud to bear. 


Enter AcIiilJes and Patroclus, before their 7V»/. 

Ulyf, jlcbilles (lands i'th' entrance of his Tent, 
Fkale it our General to pafs ftrangely by him. 
As if he were forgot; and, Princes all, 
Lay negligent and loofe regard upon him : 
I will come laft; 'tis like, be'll queftion me. 
Why fuch unplaufive eyes are bent on him : 
Jf fo, I have decifion medicinable 
To ufe between your (Irangenefs and his pride. 
Which his own will fhall have defire to drink. 
It may do good : Pride hath no other glals 
To /hew itfclf, but pride ; for fuppic knees 

[ (a) Umofi acciftidpay. Oxford Editor.— —>Volg. hi mfi 
mccefttd pain,'\ 


Troilus ajtd Cressida. 431 

Feed arrogance, and are the proud man's fees. 

jfga. W€*1I execute your purpofe, and put on 
A form of ftrangentfs as wc pafs along ; 
So do e^ch lord; and eicher greet him not^ 
Or elfedifdainfully, which (hail ihake hini more 
Than if not looked on, I will lead the way. 

AcbiU What, comes the General to Jpcak with me ? 
You know my mind. Til fight no more 'gainft Troy.^ 

Aga. What kys yicbUles ? would he aught with us? 

Neji. Woukl you, my iord» aught with the General? 

Acbil. No. 

Neft. Nothing, my lord. 

Aga. The better. 

Acbil. Good day, good day. 

Men. How do you ? how do you ? 

Acbil. What, does the cuckold fcorn me ? 

Ajax. How now, Pairoclus P 

Acbil. Good Qiorrx>w, jfjax. 

Ajax. Ha? 

Acbil. Qood morrow. 

Ajax. Ay, and good next day too. [Exnmt, 

Acbil. What oaean ihefe fellows? Jcoow they not 
Acbilks ? 

Pair. They pa(s by ftrangely : they were us'd to 
To fend their fmiles before them to AcbiUes^ 
To come as humbly as they us!d to creep 
To holy altars. 

Acbil. What, am I poor of late ? 
' 'Tis certain, Greatoels, once &lKn out with fortune^ 

* Muft fall out with men too: what the declined is, 
^ He Ihall as foon read in the eyes of others, 

^ As feel in his own Fall : for men, like butterflies, 
^ Shew not their mealy wings but to the f^mmer \ 

* And not a man, for being limply man, 

^ Hath honour, but is honour'd by thofe honours 
< That are without him ; as place, riches, favour, 

• Prizet 

432 Troilus andCit^ssiDA. 

* Prizes of accident as ofrastneric^- ^* ^^ »• • 

* Which, when they fell, (as bciAg ffl^ply ftanders; 

< The love that leanMon tJfefft^ ^tUpp^ry coo, 
« Doth one pluck dowif ahocher, Md together 

< Die %^the Fall. Bur'risnoc fo with me: ' * 
Fortune and I are friends ; I do enjoy i 
At amp^e^p«^ifit all Ihlt I did poflefs, * -^ 
Save thefe men^s lodks) who do, metiitrtks. Sad ciit 
Soiaethihgki Kie not worth that rich behc^rag^ 

As they have often giv*n. Here is l^j/jfis. 
I'll interrupt hi^ rcatSng. -Now^ i^i^-^ 

Ufyf. l4ew, Thais' fon ! 

yftii/l W4»tarcyeasTcading? 

m ' 

Ulyf. A ftrange fellow here 
Writes me, that man, ^ how-pearly. ^en\paited» 1 

How mudfe'in Having, ^or without) atdh^ 
Canf^ot^mUce boaft to have that vMsh^herhacb, 
Nor feek not what he owes, but by jtatfleAtoti ; 
As when his virtues ihining upon od>cra - 
Heat thcOTs and they xetost that faciifc^|gw»r. 
To ifco^firft give**. -• uw/ . 

Adf^ l^hisi^notftiaog^ lJlf£iu w 3. . - 
TheJieaiaf thatbbOFn^heiaein tiieftfie: .A' . . 
The bearer knows not, }iMJ20(V[mMdetM!^ 
* To others* jsycs^^: nor doth the eye iifUl' - . . n 
(That moft pure fpirit of fiorie) bdlpld itfttf * -./J 
Not going from idclf v but eyes op>fip6*4. - ,. 
Salute each other with each others* tonq. - 
For fpeculation turns not to itielf, 
'Till ft^ath traveird, and is marry 'd there 
Whene it may fee its ieif; .this b not ftrange. 

y biyw dearly evir fartaly} ». /. bdw exqaifitdy ib^VW 

his virtoes be divided and balanced in faim. So la R9MU9 tad 
Juliet^ Stuffi, as tbiyfay *witb bowurabk part*, proporAmsd m 
§nis thoughts 'would wjh a man. 

8 7o others' oyis, &C. *' ** 

That mofi pure /firit, &€.] Thefe two liati ait toMfUl^ 
ted in all the ediciona bat the £rft quarto. Mr. Puft. 

Troilus ami Ckessida. 43^^ 

Ufyf. I do not drain at the po&ioDy 
It is familiar; but the author's drifts 
Who, in his circuniftaocc, exprdly proves 
That no man is the lord of any thing, 
(Tho* in, and of, him there is much con fl (ling) 
*Till he communicate his parts to others 1 
Nor doch he of himfelf know them for aught, 
'Till he bebokl them formed in th' applaufe 
Where they're extended; which, like an arch^ re- 
The voice again ; or, like a gate of ftecl 
Fronting the Sun, receives and renders back 
His figure and his heat. I Was much rapt in this. 
And apprehenddd here immediacely 
The unknown -^wr— — • 
Heav'ns ! what a man is theie ? a very horic^ 
That.iias he knows not what. Nature ! what tkingi 

there are. 
Moil abjed in regard, and dear in ufe ? 
What thio^ again moft dear in the efteem. 
And poor m worth ? now fhall we foe to morrow 
An A&j diat very Chance doth throw upon him : 
yffM renownM ! Oh hesv'ns, what fome men do. 
While fbme oien leave to cbl 
^ How fbme men fkep in skittifh Fortune's hall. 
While othen play tlie ideots in her eyes ; 
How one man cats into another's pride. 
While i^-ide is feafting in his wantonnei& ! 

9 Hrwfimf MiM CR K E p in tkitti^ Tprtumi't hali^ This is £|'d 
with defign that Achilles (hould apply it to himfelf and Ajaxm 
But as creep is to be applied to Achilles^ it conveys a wrong idca^ 
as reprefenting one who is timoroas and afraid to atchieve great 
a£U : whereas it fhould reprefent one entirely negligent in atchieving 
them. For this was then Achilles^ t cafe. So diat we ihould read^ 

Ht^jq fomi men sleep in skittijh Tortunis hall. 
For he was the firil favourite of fortune; yet when he got into her 
p^fence inftead of pufhing his way, he became entirely negligent 
and unconcerned for her favoari. 

Vot. VII. . Fi To 

43'4 Troilus and Cressida; 

To fee thefe Grecian lorcte t whjF cv*ii abcwdf 
They clap the lubber AfOsc on the ihauUer^ 
As if his foot were on brave HeS^^ fafcaft» 
And great Trey (hrinking. 

Jcbil. This I do believe ^ 
For they pafied by me, as mifers do by beggars. 
Neither gave to me good word^ nor good look : 
What I are my deeds fergoc i 

Ufyf. * Time bath, my lord, a wallet at his back, 

< Wherein he puts alms for Oblivion : 

< (A greac-fiz*a monfter of li^ratkudet) 

« Thofe fcrapsare good deedft ^, whkb are devoor^* 

* As faft as they are made, forgot as foon 

^ As done: Perfeveiance keeps Honour brig^: 

^ To have done, is to hang quite out of fkfliioii^ 

^ Like nifty mail in monumontal modiKry; 

«^ For honour travds In a ftreight lb narrow, 

«< Where one but goes abreaft ? keep tben the path i 

«^ For Emulation hath a thoo&nd fons, ^ 

*« That one by ^ne purfue ; if you give wiLf, 

" Or turn afide from the dire& forth^right, 

<^ Like to an encred tide, they ^1 rofli by, 

^^ And leave you hindermoft ; and there yoo iy^ 

^< * Like to a gallant horfcr faH*A in firft nwk, 

^^ For pavement to the abjeft Rear, cfwt-nm 

^' And trampled on : Then vvhat they do s» ptdeai, 

^« Tho* leis than yours in paft, moft o^es^cop yuQRL 

^ For time is like a fafhionable hoft, 

^ That (lightly (hakes his parting gueft by di' band i 

^ But with his arms out^ftretcfa'd, as he woold fly, 

* Grafps in the comer ; Welcome ever (miles, 

^ And Farewel goes out fighing. O, let not virtae 

* I Like to a gallant horfefalTn infirfi rani. 

For pa*vement to the ahjeSi near, — ] We flioald raadt 
aijeSt Rear, /. /. the mean abjedl horfes which, by reafonof 
their unficnefs for rervice, are put into the rear of die linei or tf 
leali become the rear in a vigof ous charge. 

^^ Remuneration 


Troilus and Cressida. 435 

*<' Rcmunei^Ettkin fi)r the thing ic was ; 

•• For beauty, wit, high birch, deferc in fervicc, 

^ Love, frieodflitp, charity, are fubjeds all 

<^ To envious and caliimniaciog time. 

^ One touch of nature noakes the whole worid kin ; 

^* That all, with oneconfent, praiie new-born Gawds, 

*< Tho' they are made and aioulded of things paft ; ^ 

** And give co duft, that is a little gilt, 

^^ {fi) More laud than they will give to gdd o'er- 

^< The prefent eye praifes the prefent ot^^ 
Then marvel not, thoU great and compiete oun. 
That all the Gredis begin to worftip 4}^ » 
Since things in motion ibooer catch the eye. 
Than what not ftirs. The C^ went once for thee. 
And ftill it might, and yet it may again. 
If thou would'ft not encomb thyfelf aJive, 
And cafe thy reputation in thy tent ; 
Whoie glorious deeds, but in theie fields of late, 
* Made emulous mtffions 'mongft the Godsithemfelves, 
And drave great Mars to fa&ion. 

AcUU Of my privacy 
I have ilrong r»ibns. 

Vhff. 'Gainft your privacy 
The realoos are more potent and heroicaK 
*Tia known, AchUUs^ that you are in lov^ 
M^ith one of Prianf^ daughters. 

jdcbil. ihil known! 

Ufyf. Is i^at a wond^ ? 
The providence^ that's in a watch&I StatCt . 
Knows almoft. every grain of Pluto's Gold ^ 
Finds bottom ia ch' unoomprebeflfive Deep i 

z Madi.immlous miflons— ] Miffims^ for dlvifions, i.ji» goingi 
oui^ on ooe £d€ ^d the other. 

[ (u) hhri Lmd ibmn thiy nmllgi^i to gold •Ur-ditfitd. Dt* 
Tbirlby .~-~ Vu%. More Uud than gib o'n- dufitd. 

F f 2 Keeps 

43^ Troilus and Cressida. 

• * 

^ Keeps place with thought ^ and aloioft, like the 

Does ev'n our thoughts unveil in their dumb cradles. 
There b a n^yftery (widi which relation 
Durft never roeddlej in the Soul of Scale i 
Which hath an operation more divine. 
Than breath, or pen, can give exoreflore to. 
All die commerce that you have haa with ^rcj 
As perfedly is oun, as yours, my lord. 
Ana better would it fit JcbiUes much. 
To throw down He&or^ than Bolyxena. 
But It muft grieve young PyrrbUs now at home. 
When Fame fliall in his ifland (bund her trump ; 
And alt the Greekijb girls fball tripping fing. 
Great HeSor^s fi&er did Achilles wm ; 
But our great jljax bravely beat down him. 

Farewel, my lord 1, as your lover, fpeak ; 

The fool (Edes o'er the ice, that yob fhould break. 



Patr. To this efFedV,>fri^//^, havelmovM you; 
A woman, impudent and mannifh grown. 
Is not more loathed than an effeminate man 
In time of aft, — I (land condemned for this ; 
They thiiik, my little ftomach to the wir. 
And your great love to me, reftrains you thus : 

* Sweet, roufe your felf ; and the weak wtinton G^ 

* Shall from ybur neck unlbofe his amorous fbid ; 

* And, like a dew-drop from the lion^s mane, 

* Be fhook to air. 

.jichil. Shall Ajax fight wFth HeRorl^-^ - 

% keif I tdM^icM tynih^\^-^^i, e. there if itf'aie jmyri* 
detxe oi % . fiao;, ai in the provjdoice of due ttnlmft^ a kind, tf 
u^ifMiiy. :■ The pxpreffioir is efC^tfitety fiae. Y4t tlie Q4r/9p^ 
FJitcr alters it toJCfefs fa^e^ a&d fg deftroyi all ifii biprntv. 

Troilus and Cressida. 437 

Patr» Ay, and» perhaps, receive much honour by 

JcbiU I ree» toy reputajtiop h at Hake ; 
My fame is ihrewdly gor'd. 

Ptf/r. O then beware: 
Thofe wounds heal il^ that men do give thcm&Ives: 
Omiilion co do what is neceflary 
Seals a Commiflion to a Blank of Danger ; 
And Danger, like an ague, fubtly caixi^s 
£vcn then, when we fit idly in the Sun. . 

AcbiL Go call 72^«;;^/^^ hither, (^^tt Patroclus r 
V\\ fend the fool to Aja^^ and defire hini 
T'invite the Trojan lords, . after the Qombar, 
To fee us here uoarm'd : I have a woman's Longing, 
An appedte.that.1 am fick withal, ^ 

To fee great HcSor in the Weeds of peace j 
To talk .with him, and to behold hb vilagc, 
£7'n to my full of view. — A labour fav'd! 


Enter Therfites. 

Tber. A wonder ! . . . 

jlcbiL Wh4t? 

Jier. Aiop^ aoes up and down the field, asking for 
himfelf. ^ ^ *^ ' 

Atbil. How fo? 

ner. He muft fight fingly to morrow with HeSor^ 
and is fb prb|Jietically prgud of an heroical cudgelling, 
that he raves in faying nothing. 

AcbiL How can that be? 

^er. Why, he ftalks up and down like a peacock^ 
a ftride and a (land ; ruminates like an hofleis, that 
hath no arithmedck but her brain, to fct down her 
reckoning ; bices his lip with a politick regard, as 
who fi^ould fay, there were wit in his head, if *twou'd ~ 
out \ and (b there is, but it lies as coldly in him as 

F f 3 fuc 

43^ Troilus aUd Crbssida. 

fine in a flint, which will not fliew without knocking. 
The man*s undone for ever : for if HeSor break not 
his neck i*th' combat, he^U break*t himielf in vain- 
glory. He knows not me: I faid, good morrow, 
Ajoi^: And he replies, thanks, Jtgammnon. What 
think yoQ of this man^ that takes me for the General ? 
he's grown a very land-filh, language*Iels, a monfter. 
** ^ A pl£[gue of opinion ! a man may wear it on both 
•« fides, like a leather Jerkin. 
AMI. Thou muft be my ambaflador to him, Tfar- 


mer. Who, I? why, he'll anfwcr no body; 

he profeiles not anfwering ; fpeaking is for beggars ; 
he wears his tongue in's arms. I will puc on his prc- 
fence ; let PatrocJus make his demands to me, you 
* Ihall fee the Pageant of AJM. 

AcbiL To him, Patrcclus—ttW him, I humUy dc- 
fire the valiant Ajax^ to invite the moft Taldrous 
HeStor to come unarm'd to my tent, an^ to procure 
fafe Conduft for his Perfbn of the magnanimous and 
moft illuftrious, fix or (even times honoured, capcaio 
general, of the Grecian army, Agamemnon^ 6?r. Do 


Patr. Jove blels great ^'/u;/ 

^er. Hum— — — 

Pair. I come from the worthy Achilles. 

Tber. Ha! 

Pair. Who moft humbly defires you to invite 
Uc^or to his Tent. 

^her. Hum*- 

pcUr. And to procure Ikfc ConduiJl from A^i 

Ther. y^amcmmnl 

1 A plague ofOpiHiOH ? a man Mf ^wear U »« h^thfiiu ^ « 
leathn- Jerkin!] This is faid in compliment to Jchii/gs. Opimin 
went all for him before, as now for Jj^tx. But the obfervatioa 
is fiae» and admirably expreiTed. 


T&oiLUS UTtd Cressida. 439 

Pair. Ay, my lord. 

Tber. Htl 

Pair. What lay you to't ? 

Ther. God be wi'you, widi all my hearu 

Pair. Your aafwier. Sir. 

^er. If CO morrow be a fair day, by eleven o*cicck 
it will go one way or odier i howioever, he (hall pay 
for me ere he has me. 

Patr. Your anfwer* Sir. 

^bir. Fare ye well wiih all my hearc 

jtcbil. Why, but he is not in rhis tune. Is he ? 

^er. No» but he^ out o'tune thus-, what mufick 
will be in him, when HeSor has knocked out his 
brains, I knpw not. But, I am iure, none ; unlefs the 
fidler Apollo get his finews oo make Catlings on. 

jlcbiL Come, thou (halt bear a letter tp him ftraight. 

ncr. Let me carry another to his horft: ; for that's 
the mone; capable creature* 

AckiL My mind is troubled like a fountain ftirr'd. 
And I my felf fee not the bottom of it. [£^V. 

fber. ^ Would the fountain of your mind were clear 
again, that I might water an ais at it ! I had rather be 
a tick in a fheep, than fuch a valiant ignorance. \^Exe. 

A C T IV. S C E N E I. 

A Street in T R o Yi 

Enter at one door JEneas^ with a torch ^ at anoiher^ 
Paris, Deiphobus, Antenor, und Diomede^ Gre- 
cians, wiib Torches. 


SE E, ho ! who is that there ? 
Dei. It is the lord JEneas. 
j€ne. Is the Prince there in perfon ? 
Had I ib good occafion to lie long, 

Ff 4 Ay 

44^^ TkoiLut and Cressida. 

As you^ Trince Paris ^ itotmht^hat Inav^ily Bufineft 
Should rob my bed-mate or my comt^ny? 

Di(t: Thit'3 my mind too: goocf morroir) k»d 
Mneds. "-'' "** 

Par. A valiant Greeks Mneas ; take his hand ; 
Witncfi the procefs of your fpcech, wherein 
You told, \io^ THcmede a whole week, by days. 
Did haunt^tfM in the field. 

Mne. Health to you^ valhint Sir, 
• Duringjktl qtieftion of the gentle Truce r 
But wheq I meet you arni'd, as black defiance 
As hearCdm ttink, or <:otirs^ otecoee. 

'Dio. The one andtb'other Diomede embk^ces. 
Our bloods are now in calm, and, lb long^ liealch ; 
But when contention and occaiion meet, - 
By Jove^ ill play the hunter, for thy fife. 
With all my force, purfuit and poncy. 

^ne. And thou malt hunt a lion that wrll Hie 
With his face backward.— In humane gentlenefi. 
Welcome to Troy — Now, by Anchifes* Kfc, 
Wclcbme, indeed ! — * bj^ Vtnui^ hand I <Wcar, 
No man ikKve can love, in fuch a fort. 
The thing he means to kill, more excdkrntly. 

Dio. We fympathize.-^ybz;^, let udfe/rJtfx five '^ 
(\l to my fword his Fate be not the Gloiy) ' 

A thoufand complete courfes of the Sun: • ' - 
But in niiyfc emulous honour let him die, - -^^ 
With every joint a wound, and that to n^row. 

Mne. : We know each other well. 

J)io. IVeido; and long to know eachtSther Worie. ' 

Par. This is themoft defpfghtftil, |;eiftle jgnceti6gi 

1 During all (Jucftion ofiheginik fruci:'] ^bJIm, fbr force, 
virtue. . . 

z iy Venus' ^^d I /wear,"} This oath was ufcd to infi- 

Dtiate his r^eotXDcnc for DjomiJej wounding Jus mother in the 



TViOluvs and Cressida. 441 

The |iobld^\4i#i¥^ loive, that e*er I beard of. 
What bufind^r lord^ ^ «arly ? 

Mne^ I w^ icnt for to the king ^ but why, I know not. 

Par. His purpofc meets you 5 'twas, ;o bring this 


T*o Cakba^ houfe, and there to render bin; . 
(For the enfrecd Anlenor) the fair O^i, 
Let's have your company j or^ if you pleafc. 
Hade thee before, 1 cxxnftantly do think, 
COr rather call my thought a certain knowlo^gc) 
My brother troilus lodges there to night^., : 
Roufehim, and give him not^of our ap^oacb^ , 
With die whole quality whereof, 1 fear, ^/: 
We (hall be much unwelcome, ,. . 

JE»^. That affure you. c .., 

Troilus had rather Trey were borne to GneUy^ . 

Than Creffid borne from Jroj?, 

Par. There is no help j 
The bitter difpofuion of the . time 
Will have On, lord, we*Jl follow you. 

J£ne. Good morrow all [Exit. 

Par. And tell me, noble Diomde-^ tell ja^e true, 
Ev'n in the foul of good found fellowihip^ 
Who in your thoughts merits iair UelmmxAi 
Myfelf, or M^neims? 

Die. Both alike. 
He merits well co have her, that doth £bek her, 
(Not making any fcruple of her ibilure,) 
With fuch a hell of pain, and world of charge. 
And. you as well to keep her, that defend her 
("Not palating the tafte of her diihonour,)b 
With fuch a coftly lols of wealth and friends. 
He, like a puling cuckold, would drink up 
The lees and dregs of ' a flat tamed piece; 

% ■ -I «^^ a flat tamed fiece ;] / e.^ piece of wine oat of which 
(he fpiric is all flown. 



44-2 Troilus and Crbssida. 

You, like a letchcr, out of vhori(h Joins 
Are pleas'd to breed out your infaeritors; 
Both merits poised, each weighs no left nor morc^ 
But he as he, which heavier for a whore. 

Par. You are too bitter to your Country-^wocx^n. 

Dio. She's bitter to her Country j hear mc, Paris^ 
For ev'ry falfe drop in her baudy veins 
A Greciarf% life hath funk ; for evei'y icniple 
Of her contaminated carrion weight, 
A l^rcjan hath been flain. Since (he could tpeak» 
She hath not giv'n fo many good words breathy 
As, for her, Kireeh and Tr/yans fufFer^d death. 

Par. Fair Diomede^ you do as chapmen do, 
Difpraife the thing that you defire to. buy : 
But we in filence hold this virtue well; 
^ We'll not commend what we intend not ielL 
Here lyes our way, [Exeuat. 


Changes fo PandarusV Hoi^e. 

Enter Troilus and Creflida. 

troi. 1"^ E A R, trouble not your felf ; the mom is 
L^ cold, 
Cre. Then, fweet my lord, PH call my undedowfi : 
I le Ihall unbolt the gates. 

4 Wi^Il net eommend ^ivhat ive intend to feil7\ But tlits » voc 
talkiQg like a chapman: Ibr if it be the cuflom for the buyer to 
difpraiie, it is the cuflom too fcr the feller to commend. Tliere« 
fure, if Pnris had an intention to fell Heltn^ he OiooU, by this 
rule, have comxneDded h^r. Hut the truth was he had no foch 
intention, axid. therefore' did prodej^tly not to commend her: 
which fiiews Shah/pear wrote, 

IFe'll mot commend luhat ive intend hot fell, 
i. e, what we intend not to fell. The Oxford Editor has thoDght 
lit to honour this paraphrafe by makjDg ic the text. 


Troilus and Crbssida. 443 

i. Trouble him not-— 
To bed, to bed- fl eep feal chofe pretty eyes. 
And give ts loft flttachment to thy ienfes. 
As inrants empty of all thooght ! 

Ore. Good morrow then. 

^nn. I pr^ythte now, to bed. 

Ore. Are you a weary of me ? 

Tmi. O Cr^gUat but that the bufie day, 
Wdc'd by the lark, has rous'd the ribald crows. 
And dreaming night will hide our joys no longer, 
I would not from thee. 

Ore. Night hath been too brief. 

Tret. ^ Beihrew the witch ! * with venomous wights 
« flie (lays, 
<^ Tedious as hell ; but flies the grafps of love, 
** With wings more momentary«-fwift than thought : 
You will catch cold, and curfe me. 

Cre. Pr^ythee, tarry — you men will never tarry— 

foolifh CrelJida — I might have ftill held off, 
And then you would have urried. Hark, there's 

one up. 
Pan. [wHbin.l What's all the doors open here ? 
Trw, It is your uncle. 

Enter Pandarus. 

Cre. A pcftilencc on him ! now will he be mocking; 

1 fliall have fuch a life 

Pan. How now, how now ? how go maiden-hcads ? 
Hear you, maid; where*s my coufin Creffida? 

Cre. Go hang your felf, you naughty mocking 
uncle : 
You bring me to do and then you flout me too. 

Pan. To do what ? to do what? let Jicr fay, what: 
What have I brought you to do ? 

^xUb nfenomous iMightsJht flavs^ 

Tedious as belli ] /. e. wi;h witches, who perform their 

venomoas charms by nigric. 


• * 

444 Troilus and CresWida* 

Cre. Come, come, beflirew your hearts you'll 
never be good •, nor fuffcr others. ,, . 

Fan. Ha, ha ! alas, poor wrecch \ a ipoot Q^ccbU^-^ 
haft not flept to night? would he not (a naughty man) 
let it fleep ? a bugbear take him ! [Qne hfocJb, 

Cre. Did not I tell you ? — 'would he were knocked 
o' th* head ! — who's that at door? — good unclc» go 
and fee! — my lord, come you again. Itito my cbaxn^ 
berj — -^you fmile and mock me, as if I meaat 

3r^/. Ha, ha-*- 

Cre. Come, youarc deceive(3, 1 think ofnoluchthing. 
How carneftly they knock— pray you^ coaiein. [XfMi. 
I would not for half 7r^ have you {^n}iiffif^[ExaaiL 

Pan. Who*s there? what's ,the.niaftpi:]?,.wiU yott 
beat down the door; how now? wbai'^is-ffic nutter? 

S C E N E^ 'p^ilL • ' 

Efster iEneas. 

yEne. Good morrow, lord, good niprrow. 

Pa>t. Who*s there? my lord JEneas? by my troth, 
I knew you not ; what news with yonllblearly ? 

Mne^ Is not Prince 7>^/w/ here? ^-^t ">■! .'-A 

P^. Here ! what (hwld he do hcftiiV. ■. .^-^ ^ • 

JEnt. Come, he is here, my iord,\^ iMideiijr;}^^ 
It doth import him much to (peak with me. ' :^ 

Pan. Is he here, fay you? 'cis mowirfiaal'know, 
Pll be fwom j for my own parr, I came io Jatt : whk 
fhould he do here? 

Mn€. Pbo! nay, then: — come^.conae, yofili. 

do him wrong, ere y'are aware : yoi/ll be fo true to 
him, to be falfc to him: do not you know of faun, 
bur yet go fetch him hither, go. 

\^As Pandarus isgoh^ «/, 


Troilus and Cressida. 445 

Enter Troilus. 

9VW. How now ? what*s the matter ? 
* >£»r. My lordy I fcarce have leifure to falute you^ 
My matter is (b rafh : there is at hand 
Paris your brother, and DeiphobuSy 
The Grecian Diomede^ and our Antenor 
Delivered to us; and for him forth wicb» 
Ere the firft lacrifioe, within this hour, 1 

Vffi muft.giveup to DicmeJes^ hand 
The lady O-^^^. 

Troi. Is it concluded fo ? 

jEne. By Priam^ and the general State of Sfr^jy, 
They arc at hand, and ready to efFefl: it. 

Tm, How my atchievements mock me! * 
I will 1(0 meet them ; and (my lord /Eneas) . 
We bi€f by diance, you did not find me here. 

£ne. Good, good, my lord ;. (a) the fccreceft of 
Have not more gift in taciturnity. [Exetmt. 


- » * « 

Enter Creffida /^ Pandarus* 
Pan. Kt poflible? no fooner got, but loft: the 

take jfnienvr! the young Prince will go mad : 
a pbgiie opcmjfnUriPr! I would, they had brokers 

Cn. How nam ? what's the matter? who was here? 

Pan. Ah, xh! 

Cre. Vfhj figh you fo profoundly? where's my 
londf gone I teU me, fweet unde, what's the matter? 

Pan, 'Would I were as deep under the earth, as I 
am ^x>ve! ^ ' 

Cre. O the Gods! what's the matter? 

£ {a) ''-'^tbi ftcrettjl of natures. Oxford Editor— —Valg. 
ibejitcrets tf natunJ] 


44^ Troilus and Cressida* 

Pan. Pr'ychee, get thee in; Vould^ thou hadft 
ne^er been born : I knew, thou would'ft be his death. 

poor gentleman! a plague upon Auemr h ■ ■ ■■ 
Crc. Good uncle, I beleech you, or my kiiM% I 

befeech you,. what*s the matter ? 

Pan. Thou mufl: be gone, wench, thou miift be 
gone : thou art changed for JaUnor y thou muft go lo 
thy father, and be gone from Tr^ibu : *twU be his 
death \ 'twill be his bane ; he cannot bear it, 

Cre. O you immortal Gods ! I will not go. 

Pan. Thou muft. 

Cre. I will not, unde : Fve (orff^t my Either, 

1 know no touch of Confanguinity : 

No kin, no love, no blood, no foul fo near m^ 
As the fweet Troilus. O you Gods divine ! 
Make Creffi^% name the very Crown of 6Ubood, 
If ever fhe leave ^railus. Time, Force, and Deuth, 
Do to this body what cactreams you cm \ 
But the ftrong Bafe and Building of my Love 
' Is as the very centre of the earth. 

Drawing all to it.-— I'll go and weep,"- ■ 

Pan. Do, do. 

Cre. Tear my bright hair, and icratcb my praifed 
Crack my clear voice with fobs, and braak my heart 
With Ibunding Troibis. I'll not go from frcy* [ExaaU. 

S C E N E V. 

Before Pandarus'i Houfe^ 

Enter Paris, Troilus, ^neas, Deiphobus, Ancenor, 

and Diomedes. 

Par. T T is great morning and the hoar prefixt 

1 Of her Delivery to this valiant Greek 
Comes fad upon us : good my brother Troiks^ 


Troilus and Cressida* 447 

Tdl you the Lady what Ihe is to do. 
And hade her to the purpofe^ 

^roi. Walk into her houfe: 
l^U briag her to the Grecian prefently ; 
And to his hand when I deliver her. 
Think it an aliar, and thy brother TroUus 
A prieft, there ofibring to it his hean. 

Par. 1 know, what 'tis to love ; 
A nd ' wouldf as I fliall pity, I could help ! 
Plcafe yoo, walk in, my lords, [Exeunt^ 


jin Jpartment in Pandarus'i Htmfc. 

Enter Pandarus and Crcflida. 

fan. X% E moderate, be moderate. 

-O Cre. Why tell you me of modefatfon? 
The grief is fine, full, perfeA that I tafte, 
And in its ienfe is no iefs fttong, than That 
Which caufeth it. How can I moderate it I 
If I could temporize with my s^&ion. 
Or brew it to a weak and colder palate. 
The like allaymcnt could I give my grief: 
My love admits no qualifying drofi : 

Enter Troilus. 

No more my grief, in fuch a precious I06; 

Pm. Here, here, here he comes, a, fwcet 

duck ! 

Cre. OTrciluSy Troilus! 

Pan. What a pair of fpcflacles is here! let me' 

embrace too : 
Ob hearty (as the goodly faying is ;) 

O heart J O heavy heart, 

Wbyfigb^'fi thou without breaking ? 
• *• where 

44d> T&oiLUs and Ci.£si»iia» 

where be anfiters again ; 

Beua^ tbou aufji mi utfe iiyjmrt^ 
By fnatdfinp^ mr ly Jpeahng. 
There was never a truer rhyme. ^ Ixc utcaft swajr 
*^ nothing, for we may live to have need d SaA a 
^ verfe) we fte it, we (ee it. How now, knafas? 

^roi. Qreffid^ \ love thee in fb ftiai^e a ponty^ 
That the bieft Gods, as angry with my fimcy, 
% (More bright in zeal than the devotion, whidi 
Cold lip»bkiw totheb Deities) take thee from me; 

Cre. Have the Gods envy ? 

Pail. Ay, ay, *ts tooplain a cafe. 

Cre. And is it true, tMt I muft go fiom irey f 

TroL A hateful truth ! 

Cre. What, and from Sr§i6is too? 

Troi. From 2>^, andTro/Aur. 

Oe. Isitpoffible? 

Trot. And fuddenly : while ii^ury of chance 
Puts back leave-taking, juftles roughly by • ' ' 
All tinde of paufe, ruKldy bqpxles oir fips 
Of all rejoyndure, forcibly preveofis 
Our lock*d embraces, ftnin^es our dcafc vt)w», 
Ev'n in the birth of our own labouriagblttdi« 
We two, that with fo many thoufioid 6^ / 
Each other bought, moft poorly fell oor feivcs 
With the rude brevity and difehargeof oae; 
Injurious Time now, with a robber's hafle^ 
Crams his rich thievery op, be knows tioc baw. 
As many farewels as be fiars to heaven^ • * 
With didxndb breath and conf^'d kffis m them. 
He fuoibles op all in one loofe adieu ; 
And fcants us with a fingle £uni(h'd ki&, 
Diftafted with the ialt of broken tears. 

jEneas. [wiibiH.] My lord, is the bdf leady f 

TroL Hark! you are cali'd. Some fey, du Gemai fb 
Cries, come, to him that inftantly muft die. 
Bid them have patience i (he Ihall come anon. 

Pan. Where are my tears? mioy to ky cfair^nmd, 
iv my heait.voll be bkmn up by tbe roDr. 

[Exii Ptndarus. 

Cn. limsSH&cntoihcGrieiam? 

Troi. No ramed7. 

Oi. A w^ol Cr{^ 'mongft the taarry GreHb I 
When (hall ve fee again? 

Troi. Hear me, my loYe; be thou hA tnie of 
hear t 

Crc. I inci how naw^^ what wicked Dfem is 
this ? 

Troi. Nay, we moft uCb expoftulation kindly 9 
For it is pardrrg from us :— -^ 
I fpcak not, be thou true, as feaiing thee : ' 
For I will throw oiy Gbve to Death himfelf; 
That there's no macuiatton iti thy heart; 
But, be thou tfue, fay I, to fafhion in . 
My feqimxt ptweftatioci t bethoQ tnie^ 
And I will lee ctioe. 

Cre. O, xfou'iiBlibe^cxIx^'d, my lord, tt> dangers 
As infinite, as iitinamenrtybuc, i*!! be true. 

Troi. And* M grow fiiend with dangen .- Wear 
thisikcve:* -i 1 : • 

Cre. And*7oa.{iiis ^ore. * iWiien fliall I (ee you if 

Troi. I ^ilxorrupt the Gf^citm Centiaela 
To give tboe nigbdy vification. 
But yet be true. 

Cre. O. ficKir^ns! be tnie, again? 

Troi, Hear, why I fpeak it> lover • 
The Grecunf.yoiabs zrehU of fiibtle qualities. 
They're loving, well cdffipos'd^ with gifts of nature 
Flowing, and fwelhng o'er wicb arts and e3onrcife % 
How novelties may move, and parts with perlbn--^' 
Alas, akipdof godly jealoufic 
("Which, 1 befeedi you> call a virtuous fia) 
Makes me afraid. 

Cre. O heav'osy you lore me tiot ! 

Vo;-. VII. G g Troii 


^io Troilus and Cressida. 

Jroi. Die I a villain then ! — 
Jn this, I do not call your faith in queftion 
So mainly as my merit : I cannot fing. 
Nor heel the high Lavolt 5 nor fwectcn talk % 
Nor play at fubtle games ; fair virtues all. 
To which the Grecians are moft prompt and pr^naiit« 
JB^t I can tell, that in each grace of thefe 
There lurks a ftill and dumb-difcourfive Devil, 
That tempts moft cunningly : biit be not tempted. 
Cre. Do you think, I will ? 
Troi. No. 
But fomething may be done, that we will not : 
And Ibmetimes we arc devils to our felves^ 
When we will tempt the frailty of our powers, 
Prefuming on their changeful potency. 

Mneas. \witbtn,'\ Nay, good myjord,— 
^roi. Come, kiis, and let us part. 
Farh. [wiibin.] Brother 7rw7«j,—^ 
Troi. Good brother, come you hither. 
And bring JEneas and the Grecian with you* 
Cre. My lord, will You be true? 
Troi. Who I ? alas, it is my Vice, my fault : 
While others fifli, with craft, for great opinioo ; 
I, with great truth, catch meer fimplicity. 
While feme with cunning gild their copper crowns. 
With truth and plainnefs 1 do wear mine bare. 
Fear not my truth ; the moral of my wit 
Is plain and true, there's all the reach of it. 


Enter JEnc^Sj Paris, and Dioaiedc^^ 

Welcome, Sir Diomede ; here is the lady, 
Whom for Antenor wc deliver you. 
At the Port (lord) Til give her to thy hand^ 
And by the V^^y pofiefs thee what (he is. 
/ Entreat her fair; and by my foul, fair Greeks 


TroIlUs and Cre^sIUa. 45.1 

If e'er thou ftaod at mercy of my fvirord» 
.Name Cr^^ and thy life ihall be as lafe 
As Priam is ip Uian^ 

Dio. Lidy Creffidf 
So pleafe youy fave the thanks this Prince expe(5ls : 
The luftre in your eye, hcav*n in your cheek. 
Pleads you fair ufage ; and to Diamede 
You fhall be miftrefs^ and command him wholly. 

Trot. Grecianj thou doft not ufe me courceouQy, 
^ To (hame the zeal of my petition towards thee^ 
By praifing her. I tell thee, lord of Greice^ 
She is as far high*foaring o'er thy praifes. 
As thou unworthy to be call'd her fervant. 
I charge thee, ufe her well, even for my Charge :] 
For by the dreadful P/iy/^, if thou doft not, 
(Tho* the great bulk Achilles be thy guard) 
I'll cut thy throat. 

Dio. Oh, be not mov'd, prince Troilus. 
Let me be privileged by my place and mefiage^ 
To be a Speaker free. When I am hence, 
I'llanfwer to my lift: and know, my lord, 
I'll nothing do on Charge i to her own worth 
She (hall be priz'd : but that you fay, be*t lb ; 
VI] fpeak it in my fpirit and honour — no. 

Troi. Come, to the Port— I'll tell thee, Diom^de^ 
This Brave ftxall oft make thee to hide thy head. 
Lady, give me your haiid — and, as we walk, 

6 Tojhamt the sit hh of ay petition towards thee^ 

By praifing her. -] To Jbame xhe/eaJofA petition is noB? 

fenfc. Shake/pear wroxt^ 

To fiame the gKAL ■■ 

and the fenfc U thif : Grecian, you ufe me difcouftcoufly ; yoa 
fee, I am a pajfionate lover, by ray petition co you ; and there- 
fore you Aiouid not (hame the xeal of it, by promifing to do 
what I require of you, for the fake of her beauty: when, if yea 
had good manners, or a fenfe of a lover's deUcaiCy, you would 
have promifed Co do it in compailion to hit pangtzvA/uferings, 

G g 2 T« 

At2 TKOtLvs and Cressidaj 

To our own felve» bend we our noedfal talk. 

[Samd truwfeL 

Par, Hark, He3or\ trumpet! 

jEne. How have wc fpcnt this morning I 
The Prince muft think me tardy and remifi. 
That fwore to ride before him in the field. 

Par. *Tis Troilus* fault. Come, come, to fiekl wkh 

Dio. Let mc make ready ftrait. 

jEne. Yea with a bridegroom's frcfh alacrity 
Let us addrefs to tend on lie£lof^s heels : 
The Glory of our Trey doth this day lye 
On his fair wordi, and finglc chivalry. ^Exewif. 


Changes to the Grecian Camp. 

Enter KyxK armdj Agamemnon, Achilles, Patrodus, 

Menelaus, Ulyffes, Neftor, &fr. 

Aia TT ERE art thou in appointment frclh and 
^ ' rl fair. 

Anticipating time with darting courage^ 
Give with thy Trumpet a loud note to 7r$y^ 
Thou dreadful Ajax^ that th* appalled air 
May pierce the head of the great Combatant^ 
And hale him thither. 

Ajax. Trumpet, there's my purfc ; 
Now crack thy lungs, and fplit thy brazen pipe : 
Blow, villain, till thy fphcred bias check 
Out-fwell iht cholick of puft Jquilon: 
Come, ftretch thy cheft, and let thy eyes fpottt 

blood: • 
Thou bloVft for He£t(fr. 

Ufyff. No trumpet anfwers. 

Acbil 'Tis but early day. 

Troilus and Cressida. 453 

j^a. Is not yond' Dhmtde with Qdcbaf daughter i 
Vfyf. 'Tis be, I ken the manner of his gate ; 

He rifes on his toe ; that fpiric of his 

In afpiracion lifts him from the earth. 

Enier Diomede, with Crcflida. 

jiga. Is this the lady Creffida ? 

Dio. Ev'n fhe. 

ji^a. Mod dearly welcome to the Greeks^ fweet 

Neji. Our General doth falure you with a kifs. 

Ufyf. Yet is the kindnefi but particular ; 
'Twere better, Ihe were kiis*d in general.) 

Neft. And very courdy counfel : I'll begin. 
So much for Neftor. 

AcbiL Piltake that winter from your lips, fair lady: 
Achilles bids you welcome. 

Men, I had good argument for kiffing once. 

Patr. But that's no argunient for kiOing npw : 
For thus pop'd Paris in his hardiment, 
And parted, thus, you and your argument. 

Ulyf. O deadly gall, and theme of all our fcorns^ 
For which we iole our heads to gild his homsl 

Pair, The firft was Menelaus* ki& — this mine— — 
Patrocbis kifles you. 

Men. O, this is trim. 

Patr. Paris and I kifs evermore for him* 

Men. V\\ have my kifi. Sir: lady, by your leave,- — 

Cre^ In kiffing do you render or receive? 

Patr. Both take and give* 

Cre. ril make my match to live. 
The kifs you take is better than you give; 
Therefore no kifs.— — 

Men. 1*11 give you boot, V\\ give you three for one. 

Cre. You are an odd man, give even, or give none. 

Men. An odd man, lady? every man is odd« 

G g 3 Cre} 

454 Troilus and Crbssida. 

Ore, No, Paris is not ; for you know^ 'tis true. 
That you are odd, and he is even witb you. 

Men. You fillip me o* th' head. 

Cre. No, Pllbelworn. 

Ulyf, It were no match, your nail agaiafl: his horn : 
May I, fwect lady, beg a kils of you f 

Cre. You may. 

IJlyf. I do dcfire it. 

Cre. Why, beg then. 

Ulyf. Why then, for Venu^ fake, give me a kife. 
When Hekn is a maid again, and his- ■ 

Cre. I am your debtor^ claim it wllen 'tis due. 

Ufyf. Nevcr*s my day, and then a kifs of you. 

Neft. A woman of quick fcnfe ! 

J}io. Lady, a word — V\\ bring you to your Father. 

[Oiomede Uads out Crefiid^ 

Ulyf. Fie, fie upon her ! 

* There's language in her eye, her cheek, her lip: 

* Nay, her foot 1 peaks*, her wanton fpirits look oi)( 

* At every joint, ^and motive of her body;. 
' Oh, thde Encouncerers! So glib of tongue, 

* They give a Coafting welcome ere it conies; 
« And wide unclafp the tables of their thoughts 
f To every tickhfh reader : fct them down 

» For fluttifh Spoils of Opportunity, 

f And daughters of the Game. [Trun^l mtbin^ 

Enter Hedlor, Paris, Troilus, ^neas, HeIenuS| 

and Attendants. 

All. The frojani' trumpet ! 

Af^a. Yonder come& the troop. 

^ne. Hail, all the State of Greece! what fhail be 
To him that Victory commands? Or do you purpolei 
A Vi6tor fliall be known ? will you, the Knights 
ShaH to the edge of all extremity 

y- ■ ■ ■ gW motive cf ber hody:'] Motive ^ for motion. 


Troilus ancf Cressida*. 455 

Purfue each other, or (hall be divided ' - ' 

By any voicje, or order of the field ? 
HeSlor bade ask. 

jiga. Which way would HeSor have it? 

^ne. He cares not ; he'll obey conditions. 

Acbil. ^ *Tis done like HeSor^ bu^ lecurely done, 
A little proudlyy and great deal mifprizing 
The Knight oppos'd. 

^ne. If not AcinlleSy Sir, 
What is your name ? 

Acbil. If not Acbilks^ nothing. 

Mne. Therefore, AcbilUs\ but whatever, know this; 
In the extremitv of great and little 
9 Valour and pride parcell thcinfelves in HeBsr j 
The one almoft as infinite as ail. 
The other blank as nothing ; weigh him well 5 
And That, which looks like pride, is courtcfie. 
This Ajax is half made of HeSlor\ blood, 
In love whereof, half HeRcr ftays at* home ; 
Half hearr, half hand, half HeSor^ come to feck 
This blended Knight, half frojan and half Greek. 

AcbiL A maiden-battle then? O, I perceive you. 

Re-enter Diomcde. 

• • • 

Aga. Here is Sir Dmnede : gc», gentle Knighc, 
Stand by our Ajax ; as you and loid Mneas- 

8 T// ^om like Heftor, bttt fecurely Jone^l In the fenfe of the 
\zXm, fecurus^ecttnis admodvm ii belh, animi feturi homo. A 
negligent fecurity arifing from a contempt of the objedt oppofed. 

9 Valour andfrtii excell thitnftlvts in Hc<f^or;] It han 
high abfurdicy to fay, that any thing can excell in the extremity 
of iittle; which lie tie, loo, i«^ ^/^vi a$ B$tbing, WithoQt doubt 
SbakiJ^ear wrote, 

Vahur and f ride parcell them/elves iu Hedor ; 
f . e, divide themfelves in He3or in fuch a manner, that the one 
is almoll infinite ; the other almod nothing. For the ufe of this 
word wc may fee Ricbardlll, 

•tbiir\i:oes ate parcblled. 

G g 4 Con* 

: W 


4;^6 TitoiLUs akd Crissida/* 

Confent upon the order of the fighc^ 

So be it ; cither to the uttcrmoft. 

Or elfe a breach* The Combatamts being kin 

^alF (lines their ftrife before their ftrokes begtm 

IJhff, They are opposfd already* 

Aga. What 7r^>» is that iwxt^ that looks fo 

Vlyf. The youngeft fon of Priam^ a tnic knight $' 
^* Not yet mature, yet match left ; firm of word \ ' f 
*^ Speaking in deeds, and deedlels in his tongqc; 
t^ Not foOn provok'd, por, being provoked, Iboo 
calm'd ; 

His heart and hand both open, and both firee ; 

For what he has, he givjcs ^ what chinks, he fbewsi 
^^ Yet gives he not, 'till judgment gukic his boontys 
f^ Nor dignifies an impair thought with breath: 
Manly as Heffpr^ but more dangerous ; 
For HeSor in his blaze of wrath fubfcribes 
To tender objcds j but he in heat of adion 
Is more vindicative than jeakKis love. 
They call him trdlus^ and on him ere& 
A fccond hope, as fairly buih as Heifor^ 
Thus fays jEneaSy one that knows the youth 
£v*n to his inches % and with private feut^ 
Pid in great lihn thus ttanflate him to me« 

[/Oarum. Heftor on/ Ajaxj%£l. 


Aza. They are in a&ion. 

Neft. Now, AjaXy hold thine own. 

froi. HeSory thou fleep'ft, awa|ce theft, 

Aga. His blows are well difpos*d ; there, A^^. 

Bio. You muft no more. 

^ne. Princes, enough, lb pleafe you. 

Tkoix.u( and Crbssida^ 457* 

^ax. I am not warm yec^ let us fight again. 

Vio. As HciStfr fkd&s. 

HeS. Why then» will I no more. 
Thou art» great \ot^ my fiither's fi((er^« Ton % 
A couGn-german to great Priamh feed ; 
The obligation of our bloQid forbids 
A gory eniplatioo *twixt us tvaia: 
Were thy commixion Gredf, and "frejan lb. 
That thou could'ft fay, this hand is Grecian all, « 
And this is Tryan % the finews of this kg 
All Greeks and this all Trcyy my mother's blood 
Runs on the dexter cheek, and this finifter 
Bounds in nny fire?s : by J9i^e multipocenr. 
Thou (bould*(l not bear from me a Greekj/b nf^ember* 
Wherein my iword bad not impreffiire made 
Of our rank feud : But the juft Gods gainfay. 
That any drop thou borrow'ft from thy mother^ 
My facred aunt, fhould by foy mortal fword 
Be drain'd ! Let me embrace thee^ yijax: 
By him that thunders^ thou hait lufty arms ; 
HeSor would have them fall upon bun thus.— — 
Coufin, all honour to thee! ■ -^ 

jfjax. I thank thee, HeQar! 
Thou art too gentle, and too free a man : 
I came to kill thee, coufin, and bear hdncc: 
A great addition earned in thy death. 
* He&. ' Not Neoptolemm'% Sire irafcible, 


I 2^0/*Nfeop^o1cmu8 so mirablb* 

(On nuhofi hright crift^ Fomt^ nnitb Awr bmJtft O yf9^ 
Cries, this is %€ i) cmJd fremifi to bim/elf, &cO Thac is 
to&y. Tm^ an §Isi veteran nvarrior^ threaten to kill me ^ when 
not theyungfin of Achilles (^h^ is jet tofer*vehis affrenti/arg 
in war, under the Greciaii generalst and on that account eaUed 
Neofl-loAf/x®-) dare him/elf entertain fncb a thought, BatShait* 
Jpear meant another fort of man, aa it evident from. 

On vuhefo iright crefi^ &c. 

Which charaflerifes one who goes fbremofl and aloae: and caa 


458 Troilus and Cressida. 

(On wbofc bright crcft. Fame, with her loud'ft Oycs, 
Cries, this is he ;) could promile to himfelf 
A thought of added honour torn from He3or. 

Mne. There is expe&ance here from both thefides^ 
What further you will do. 

HcEl, We'll anfwer it: 
The iffue is embracement : Ajax^ farcwcl. 

J^ax, If 1 might in entreaties find fuccefs', 
(As feld I have the chance) I would defire 
My faoious couiin to our Grecian tents. 

therefore fuit only om^ which ont was AchilUs ; as Sbakejfimr 
himfelf has drawn him, 

7hi great Achilles, *wbcm opinion cromtms 
ni Saew and the forehand of our Hifi^ 
And again» 

iVbofe ghrious deeds hut in theft fields of late 
Make emulous mijfions ^mongfi the Gods themfel'ves^ 
And drove great Mars to faSion, 

And indeed the fenie and fpirit of. He£lor*% fpeech requires thft^ 
the mod celebrated of his adverfaries fhould be picked out to be 
defied ; and this was Achilles^ with whom HeSor had his final 
affair. We mull conclade then that Shake/fear wrote. 

Not Neoptolemas*/ sire irascible 
On 'who/e bright creft 

Jrafcthle is an old fchool term» and is an epithet fuittag his cht> 
radter, and the circumttances he was then in. 

Imfiger, iracundus, inexorabiUs^ acer. 

Bat oar editor Mr Tb.ohaldt hy his ohf cure diligence, had foond 
oat that tFytjken de Werde^ in the old chronicle of ne three dt^ 
firuBions of Troy» introduces one Neoptolemus into the ten years 
da^irrcl, a perfon didindl from the fon of AcbilleSf and therefore 
will have it, that Shakejpear here means no other than the Ne^ft^ 
leans of this wor''ny chronicler. He was told, to n(» porpde, 
that this (ancy was abfard* For firft, IVynken^^ Neeftolemus is a 
common- rate warrior, and fo defcribed as not to fie the charader 
here eiven . Secondly, It is not to be imagined that the poet 
Ihoula on this occaAon make HeQor refer to a chara^er not in the 
^ay, and never fo ranch as mentioned on any other occa&qp. 
Thirdly, Hynken^s Neoptolemus is a warrior 00 the Tro/am fidr* 
/and flain by Achilles. But He^9r mull need» mean by one «ib 
eouldpromije a thought of added bonsur torn fr§m him^ a warrior 
amonsrft his enemies on the Grecian fide. 

Troilus and Cressida^ 4^9 

Dio. 'Tis Agamenmon^^ wi(h, and great Achilles 
Doth long to fee unarm M the valiant He£lor. 

He3. jEneaSj call my brother Troilus to me : 
And figniiie this loving interview 
To the expeftors of our Trojan part : 
Dcfire them home. Give me thy hand, my Coufin: 
I will go eat with thee, and fee your Knights. 

Ag2iVCitmnon and the reft of the Greeks come forward* 

Ajax. Great Agamemnon comes to meet us hare. 

He£l. The worthieft of them tell me name by 
But for Achilles^ mine own ftarching eyes 
Shall find him by his large and pottly fize, 

Aga, Worthy of arms ! as welcome, as to one 
That would be rid of fuch an enemy ; 
But that*s no welcome : underftand more clear. 
What's pad and what's to come is ftrew'd with husks 
And formlels ruin of Oblivion. 
But in this extant moment, faith and troth. 
Strained purely from all hollow bias-drawing. 
Bids thee with moft divine integrity. 
From heart of very heart, great HeSlor^ welcome. 

He£l. I thank thee, moft imperious Agamemnon. 

Aga. My wcll-fam'd lord of Troy^ no lefs to you. 

\To Troilus. 

hUn. Let me confirm my princely brother's 
You brace of warlike brothers, welcome hither. 

HeS. Whom muft we anfwcr? 

Mne. The noble Menelaus, 

He£t. O — you, my lord— by Mars his gauntlet, 
Mock not, that I a(fe6t th' untraded oath ; 
Your quondam wife fwears ftill by Venus^ glove $ 
She's well, but bade me not commend her to you. 

Men. Name her not now, Sir, fhe's a deadly theme. 


460 Troilus and Cri ssida. 

HeB. O, pardon ■! ofiend. 

Nefi. * I have, thou gallant Trojan^ fecn thcc oft, 

* Labouring for deftiny, make cruel way 

^ Through ranks of Gretkijh youth ; and I have fcen 

* As hot as Per feus ^ fpur thy Phrygian ftced, 

* Bravely dcfpifing forfeits and fubduecnencs, 

* When thou haft hung thy advanc'd fword i'ch' air, 

* Not Jetting it decline on the declined : 
^ That I have faid unto my ftanders-by, 

* Lo, Jupiter is yonder, dealing life ! 

And I have feen thee paufe, and take thy breath, 
*When that a Ring^of Qfteks have hem'd thee in. 
Like ah Olympian wreftling. This I*ve ieen : 
But this thy countenance, ftill locked in fleel, 
I never faw 'till now*. I knew thy Grandfire, 
And once fought with him -, he was a foldier good : 
But by great Mars^ the Captain of us all. 
Never like thee* Let an old man embrace thee. 
And, worthy warrior, welcome to our tents. 

Mne. 'Tis the old Nefior. 

lieEl. Let me embrace thee, good old chronide. 
That haft fo long walk'd hand in hand with time: 
Moft reverend Neftor^ \ am glad to clafp thee. 

Nefl. I would, my arms could match thee in coo- 
As they cxmtend with thee in courtefie. 

HeS^ I would, they could. 

Neft. By this white beard, Pd fight with thee to 
Well, welcome, welcome ; I have feen the time— — 

Uhff. I wo»der now how yonder city ftands, 
When we have here the bale and pillar by us. 

HeB. I know your favour, lord Ulyjffesj welL 
Ah, Sir, there's many a Greek and Trojan dead. 
Since firft I faw your ielf and Diomedk 
In lUon^ on your Greetijb embaflle. 

Troilus and Ckiessidh. 461 

Ufyf. Sir, I foretdd you then what would cnfae : 
My prophefie is but half bis journey yet ; 
For yonder walls, that pertly front your town, 
Yond towers, whofe wanton tops do buis the clouds, 
Muft kifs their own feet. 

He£i. I muft not believe you : 
There they ftand yet; and, nxxleftly I dunk. 
The fall of every Phrygian ftone will ooft 
A drop of Grecian blood i the end crowns all 4 
And that old common Arbitrator, Time, 
Will one day end it« 

Ul)f. So to him we leave it. 
Moft gende, and moft valiant HtSor^ wekome ^ 
After the General, I befeedi you next 
To feaft widi me, and &t me at my Tent. 

jicbil I Ihall foreftal thee, lord Ufyjfes^ »thou! 

Now, He8sr^ I have fed mine eyes on thee \ 
I have with exadk view perus'd thee, HtSor^ 
And quoted joint by joint. 

Hta. h this ^cbilUs ? 

jicbiL I am Achilles. 

He^. Stand fair, I pr'y thee, let me look on thee. 

AcbU. Behold thy fill. 

HeS. Nay, I have done already. 

AcbiU Thou art too brief. 1 will the fedond time. 
As I would buy thee, view thee, limb by limb. 

He£t. O, like a book of fport thou'k read me o*er : 
But there's more in me, than thou underftand^ft. 
Why doft thou fo oppre& me with thine eyt ? 

Acbil. Tell me, you heav'ns, in which part of his 
Shall I deftroy him ? whether there, or thele. 
That I may give the local wound a nama ; 
And make didindl the very breach, where-out 
HeSoT^% great fpirit flew. Anfwcr me, heav'ns! 

HeEl. It would dilcrcdit the bleft Gods, proud man;, 
To anfwer fuch a queftion : ftand again .~-^ 


4.62 Troilus^ and Cressida. 

Think'ft ihou to catch my life fo pleafantly. 
As to prcnominatc, in nice conjcfturc. 
Where thou wilt hit me dead ? 

Jcbil. I tell thee, yea. 

HeS. Wert thou the Oracle to tell me (b, 
rd not believe thee : henceforth guard thcc well. 
For ril not kill thee there, nor there, nor there 5 
But, by the forge that ftythied Mars his helm, 
ril kill thee every where, yea, o'er and o'cr.- 
You wifcft Grecians J pardon me this brag. 
His infoiencc draws folly from my lips 5 
But I'll endeavour deeds to match thefe words. 
Or may I never • 

Jjax, Do not chafe thee, coufin ; 
And you, Acbillesy let thefe threats alone, 
'Till accident or purpofe bping you to't. 
You may have ev'ry day enough of HeBor^ 
If you have ftomach. The general State, I fear. 
Can fcarce increat you to be odd with him. 

He£l> I pray you, let us fee you in the field : 
We have had pelting v/ars fmce you refiis'd 
The Grecian^ caufe. 

AcbiL Doft thou intreat me, He£ior? 
To morrow do I meet thee, fell as death j 
Tonight, all friends. 

He£i. Thy hand upon that match. 

/Iga. Firft, all you Peers oi Greece^ ^ to my Tent, 
There in the full convive you ; afterwards. 
As He£lor\ leifure and your bounties fhall 
Concur together, feverally intreat him 
To tafte your bounties : let the trumpets blow 5 
That this great foldier may his welcome know. 



Troilus and Crbssida. 463 


Maneni Troilus and UlyfTes. 

TroL My lord UJyJJes^ tdl me, I bcftech you. 
In what place of the field doth Calcbas keep? 

Ulyf. At Menelaus* Tent, moft princely Trcilus ^ 
There Diomede doth feaft with him to night ; 
Who neither looks on heav'n, nor on the earth. 
But gives all gaze and bent of am'rous view 
On the fair Creffid^ 

TroL Shall 1, fweet lord, be bound to thee fb 
After you part from Jgamemfwn*^ Tent, 
To bring me thither ? 

Uhf. You (hall command me. Sir ; 
As gently tell me, of what honour was 
This Crejffida in Troy 5 had flie no lover there. 
That wails her ablence i 

TroL O Sir, to fuch as boafting (hew their fcarS| 
A mock is due. Will you walk on, my lord ? 
She was beloved, flie lov'd ; (he is, and doth ; 
But, ft ill, fweet love is food for fortune's tooth. 



Before Achilles'i Tent, in the Grecian Camp. 

Enter Achilles and Patroclus* 


*LL heat his blood with Greekifb wine to night, 

_ ^ .^..a .« ^m % m BAAS m 


Which with my fcimitar 1*11 cool to morrow* 
Patrocius^ let us feaft him to the height. 
Pair. Kcre comes Tberjites, 


4^4 Taoilus and Caes^i^'ju 

Enter Thcrfitc*, '^ 

AcbU. Ho«r now* thou core of envy ? ^^ 

Thou cnifty batch of NaturCf what's the ncwiji^ .t 

Tber. Why, thou pidure of what thou lb 
and idol of ideoc-worfnippers, here*s a kcter Sos 

Acbil. From whence^ fragment ? 

"fher. Why, thou full diUi of fool, from H'rt^. 

Patr. Who keeps the tent now? .. . 

Tber. The iurgeon*s box, or the paticnt*s woinid. 

Pair. Well (aid, adverfity \ and what need thdfe 
tricks ? 

"tbir. Pr*ythec, be filent, boy, I profit not by djy 
talk ; thou, art thought to be ^MibVmale^rarlet. 

Patr. Malc^varlet, you rogue fwlMj^j|ha(^? 

^bcr. Why, his mafculine whore* N^^. abe roefieft 
difeafes of the ibuth, guts-griping, rupturcSi catarrh, 
loads o* gravel i*rh* back, lethargies, cold {Mifiest IMT 
eyes, dire-rotten livers, wheezing lungs, bladders fiill 
of impofthume, fciatica's, lime-kilns I'th* palme, in* 
curable bone-ach, and the rivell'd fee-fimple of the 
tetter, take and take again fuch prepofterous difr 

Patr. Why, thou damnable box of envy, tfaoc^ 
yrhat meancft thou to curie thus ? 

fber. Do I curie tbce ? 

Pair. Why, no, you rutnous butt, you whoribn ii»» 
diftinguifliable cur. 

Ther. No? why arc thou then exafperate, choa 
idle immaterial skein oi flcy'd filk, thou green iarcenet 
flap for a fore eye, thou tafielof a prodigal's purfe, 
thou ? Ah, how the poor world is pefter*d with fiicfa 
water-flics, diminutives of Nature. 

Patr^ Out, gall ! 
. ^!tber. Find>cgg! 

AcbH. My fweet Patrwlus^ I am thwarced quice 
From my great purpofe in to morrow's battk : 


Troilus afui Cres^ida. 46^ 

lAm is a letter from Queen Hcctiba^ 
■ A token from her daughter, my &ir love^ 
Both taxbg me, and gaging me to keep 
An oath that I have fworm I will not break iti 
Fall Greeks fail fame, honour, or go, or ftay. 
My major vow lyes here; this 1*11 obey. 
Come, come, J^berfits^ help to trim my tent. 
This night in banquetbg muft all be fpent. 
Away, PaSrocIus. [Es^. 

Tber. With too much blood, and too little brain^ 
tfaefe two may run mad : but if with too much brain^ 
and too litrie blood, they do. Til be a curer of mad* 
men« Here^s j^amemtumf an honeft fellow enough^ 
and one bat loves quails, but he hath not ib much 
bram as^ear-waali *and the goodly transformation o( 
Jvpitir there, his brother, the bull, dbe primitive 
fb^e, and obelisque memorial of cuckolds ; a thrifty 
flxx>ing-hom in a chain, hanging at his brother's leg} 
• to 

1 A uUnffm hit daughter &c.]^This is a circumltance takes 
from the ftory-book of the three detractions of 7rfff. Oxford 

2 And tbi goodly troMs/hrmathM 0/ Japiter fhere, Lis hrotbtr* 
thi Mly tbi frimitivi ftatnt^ and o b L i <^u E memorial of 
cnckoids ;] He calls Mimkuu tht transformation ofjapittt, duit 
isy as kimielf cxplaiiu it, the bull, on account oif his boms, 
which he had as a cuckold. This cuckold he calls the prims tiite 
ft^ni of cuckolds \ t. e. hb taarf had itiade him To famous, that 
he flood as the great archetype of this charaAer. But how was he 
an Mique memorial of cuchldst can any thing be a more MreSi 
aiemorial of cuckolds, than a cuckold ) and fo the foregoing 
charaderofhisbeing'the^riW/fW/a/«rf of them plain]/ implies. 
TV> reconcile thcfc two coatradidory epithets therefore we fhould 

'* a nd OBBLis<^l memoriai of cucfolds* 

He is repreicntedas-oae who would remain an eternal monument 
of his wife** infidelity. And how conid this be better done tban 
by calling him an obelifque mimorialf of aU homan edifices tht 
iDoft dttiable. And the (cnience riim gradually, and properly from 
%ftatme toaa ohelsffsu. To this the editor Mr. Theobald replies, 
that tbi hull u called the frimiti've ftatut : by which he only 
Vo L. VII. H h ipreth 

^^5 T KoiLV S0nd Crissioa. 

to what form, but that he t9> SxoiAi mtktded with 
malice, and malice forced with wit, cum. him? to aa 
a& were nothing, he is both afi and ox s to an oK 
were nothings he i$ both ox and ala ; to be a dqg, a 
mule, a cat, a fitchew, a toad, a lizard* an owl^ a 
puttock, or a herring without a roe, I wouki not 
care : but to be Menikm^ I woqU coo^ire s^gaioft 
Deftiny. Ask me not. what I wouki be, if I were 
oot Iberfites % for I care not, to be the k>wle of t 

l^r, fo I were not Menclms ■ ! 

tJey-day, fpirits and fires I 

S C E N E 11. 

Eni^ Heftor, Troilus^ Ajax, Agamenmoai Vlftta^ 
Neftor, and Diome^, wtb U^U. 

• j^a. We go wrong, we go wrong, 
Jjax. No, yonder 'tis 5 there, where we fee tha 

HeS. I trouble yon. 
Jjax. bio, not a whit. ' ' 

Enter Achilles. 

" llhff. Here comes himfelf to guide you. 
jf^MfWfelcomc, brave Heaor-^ weltbmt, t'rintaaH. 
Jga. So, now fair Prince of Jrcy^ I bid gool 
jljaic commands the Guard to tend on yoo; 
He^. Thanks, and good night, to the Grcdtf 

Men. Good night, my lord. 

S'veth tts to underftand, that he knoweth not thcdilTercnce 
e EngUfi> articles a and tbt. But fc^y thf bM is mcanc JUkmintf ; 
which title Tberfius^ye^ him again afterwards-— 7i^ cutMini 
tbi tnckoU" maker art ai it-^^fr h9 b v i. l &7# tie ^««t.-^Bat d* 
Oxfni Editor makes quicker work wkh the term ^ttfmt^ aad 
alters it to aniipit, and fe all the diificulKy^s efaded. 



TubiLus tf«ar Cressida. 467 

HeS. Good night, fweet lord Menelaus. 

ther. Sweet draught-— fweet, quoth a — fweet 
fink, fweet fewer. 

i^M. Good nidit, and welcome, both at once, to 
That go or tarry. 

jiga. Good night. 

Acbih Old N^or tarries, and you too, J^iomede^ 
Keep HeSar company an hour or two. 

Dio. I cannot, lord, I have important bufinefi. 
The tide whereof is now ; good night, great Heffor. 

Heif. Give me your hand. 

Ufyf. Follow his torch, he goes to Calchas' tent : 
1*11 keep you company. . [?i Troilus, 

V troL Sweet Sir, youhotioor me. 

He&. And £>, good night. 

Acbil. Come, come, enter my tent. [Exeunt. 

^ Tier. That i(^me Dwmede\ a talfe-heartcd rogue, ^ 
mod unjuft knave : I will no more truft him when he 
leers, than I will a ferpent when he hiiTes : he will 
Ipend his tnouth and promife, like Brawler the hound ; 
but when he performs, aftronomers foretel it, that ic 
is prodigious, there will come Ibme change : the Sua 
borrows of the Moon, when Diomede keeps bis word. 
I will rather leave to fee HeSlor^ than not to dbg him: 
they fay, he keept a tri^m drd), and ufes th^ traitor 
Cakbas his tent. TU after— -Nothing but ictchery ; 
tH incontinent varlets. lExeuni^ 

Changes to Calchas'i Tent. 

Enter Diomede. 

WH A T are you up here, bo f fpeak. 
Gd. WhocaUs.^ 
J)io. Diomede I Cakbas I (hinki wbcrc's your 
daughter f 

Hha OA 

f|.68 Troilus and Cressiba; 

Cd. She comes co you. 

Enter Troilus and Ulyfles, after them Thcrfitcs, 
Wjf. Stand where the torch may not difcover us. 

Enter Creffida. 

T!roi. Creffid come forth to him ? ! 

Dio. How now, my charge? . 

Cre. Now, my fweet guardian s hark^ a word with 
you» l^lnj^s. 

Iroi, Yc3, fo familiar?. 

Ulyf. She will (ing to any man at; firft fight. 

^er. And any man may Cng to her, if he can take 
her cliflP. She's noted. J 

Dio. Will you remember ? . ^ 

Cre. Remember; yes. 

Dio. Nay, but do then.; and let your, mind be 
coupled wich your words. 

9>w\ What fhould fhc remember ? ] 

. Ulyf Lift, , 

Cre. Sweet honey Greeks tempt me no m(Ht CO 

^er. Roguery • 

Dio. Nay, then- 

Cre. .1*11 tell you what.. 

Dio. Phol pho! come, tell apin^ you are a for- 

Ore. In faith, I can't : what would you have me do? 

Tber. A jugling trick, to be fecretly open. 

Dio. What did you fwear you would beftow oa me? 

Cre. I pr'ythee, do not hold me to mine oath ; 

d me do any thing but that, fweet Greek. 

Dio. Good night. 

^roi. Hold, patience 

Ufyf. How now, Trojan ? 

Cre. Diomede^* 

Dio. No, no^ good night: 111 be your fool no 


Troilus ami Cressida. 469 

Troi. Thy Better muft. 

Cre. Hark, one word in your ear. 

Trot. O plague, and cnadnefs ! 

Ufyf. You arc mov'd. Prince; let us depart, I 
pray you, 
Left your difpleaiure (hould enlarge itfelf 
To wrathful terms : this place is dangerous ; 
The time right deadly : I befeech you, go. 

Jrri. Behold, I pray you— 

Ufyf. Good my lord, go off*: 
You fly to great diftradion : come, my lord. 

Troi. f pr'ythee, ftay. 

Ufyf. You hav€ not patience ; come. 

TroL 1 pray you, ftay; by helJ, and by hell's 
I will not fpeak a word. 

Dio. And fo, good night. 

Cre. Nay, but you part in anger ? 

Trot. Doth that grieve thee ? O withered truth! 

Ufyf. Why, how now, lord ? 

Trri. By Jcvi^ I will be patient. 

Ov. Guardian— why Gree k 

Dio. Pho, pho, adieu! you palter. 

Cre. In faith I do not : come hither once again. 

Ufyf. You (hake, my loid, at fomething; will 
you go ? 
You will break but. 

Troi. She ftrokes his check.— 

Ufyf. Q>me, come. 

Trai. Nay, ftayj by JoVi^ I will not fpeak a word. 
There is between my will and all ofiences 
A guard of patience! ftay a little while. 

Tber. How the devil luxury with his fat ramp and 
potato finger tickles thefe together.' fry, Ictchcry, 

Dio. But will you then ? 

Cre. In faith, I will, la ; never truft me elfc 

H h 5 Dii. 

470 Troilds and Crbssi]>a* 

liio. Give me fome token for the ftrety of it. 

Ore. r 11 fetch you one. \Smi. 

Ufyf. You have fworn patience* 

Tr^i. Fear me not, fweet lord^ 
I will not be myfelf, nor have oognition 
Of what I feel : I am all patience. 


Re-enter Creflida. 

91&tfr. Now the pledge ; now, now, now,- • 

Cre. Here, Diomede, keep this fleeve. 

^roL O beauty ! w here's thy fiiith ? 

Ufyf. My lord,— — 

Trot. I will be patient, outwardly, I will. 

Cre. You look upon that fleeve; behold it Xfdl :— 
He lov'd me: — O falfe wench! — Givtft me agnn. 

Dio. Whofewas't? 

Cre. It is. no matter, now I have*t again* 
I will hot meet with you to morrow night : 
I pr'ythce, Diomedey vifit me no more. 

Tber. Now fhe (harpens : well faid, whetfione. 

Bio. I fhallhaveit. 

Cre. What, this? 

Dio. Ay, that. 

Cre. O, allyeGodsf— -O pretty, pretty pfcdgci 
Thy mafter now lyes thinking in his bed 
Of thee and me, and fi^hs, and takes tny glove» 
. And gives memorial dainty kiflcs to it ; 
As 1 kifs thee.—— [Diomedesyia/r^ tbejkeve. 
Nay, do not fnatch it from me : 
He, that takes that, muft take my heart Withal. 

Dio. I had your heart before this follows it. 

S'roi. I did fwear patience. 

O-e. You fhall not have it, Diomede : faith, yoi 
fh^ll not : 
rU give you ibmething elfc. 


Troilus and CRB$8ii>A. 47s 

to. I will have this : whofewasit? 

Cre. 'Tis no matter. 

Dio. Come, cell me whofe it was ? 

Cn. *Twas one that lov'd me better than you m\\. 
But, now you have it, take it. 

Bio. Whofiswaiit? 

Cre. ' By all Diofu^s waidi^-women yonder. 
And by herfelf, I wUl not tell you whofe. 

Dio. To morrow will I wear it on my helm. 
And grieve his fpirtl, that dares not challenge it. 

Troi. Wert thou the Devil, and wor'ft it on thy 
It fhould be challenged. 

Cre. Well, well, 'tis done, 'tis 'paft ; and yet it 
is not — — 
I will not keep my word. 

Dio. Why then, farewcl. 
Thou never fhalt mock Diomede again. 

Q'e. You Ihall not goi— — one cannot fpeak a 
But it ftraight ftarts you. 

Dio. I do not like this fooling. 

Tber. Nor I, by Pluto : but that that likes not you, 
pleafes me beft. 

Dio. What, fhall I come ? the hour ? 

(ye. Ay, come: — O Jove /—do, come : ■ — 
I Ihall be plagued, 

Dio. Farewcl •till then. lExit. 

Cre. Goodnight: I pr*ythec, come. 
iroiius^ farcwel 5 one eye yet looks on thee. 
But with my heart the other eye doth fee.— — 
Ah, poor our fex! this fault ini us I find, 
The error of our eye dirc&s our mind. 
What error leads, muft err ; O then conclude. 
Minds fway'd by eyes arc full of turpitude. ^Exit. 

3 By ail Diana'j waiiing-wgrnen yondtr^l ». #, the ftars which 

ftciKOacto. ^^^ SCENE 

47<> TroiL'Us^W CitBssi 

S ^ E N E V. 

ner. A proof of (Irength fhe could not pubftfli 
more ; 
Unlefs (he fay, my mind is now tum'd whprCy 

Ufyf. All's done, my lord. 

Trci. It is, 

Ulyf. Why ftay wc then ? 

TroL To make a recoidadon to my foul 
Of every fyllable chat here was fpoke : 
But if I teli how thele two did co-a&. 
Shall I not lie in publifhing a truth i 
£ith yet there is a credence in my heart) 
An efperance lb obftinatdy ftrong. 
That doth invert th' atteft of eyes and eanr; . r 
As if thofe organs had decepdous fiin&ions. 
Created only to calumniate. 
Was Cr#f here? 

Ulyf. I €»nnot conjure, Tryan. 

Trot. She was not, fure. 

Ulyf. Moft fure, flie was. 

Trot. Why, my negation hath no tade of madacfi: 

in)f. Nor mine, my lord: Cr#/ was here but i 

Trot. Let it not be bcliev'd, for woooan-hoodf 
Think, we bad mothers; do not give advantage 
To ftubborn criticks, apt, without a theme 
For depravation, to Iquare aU the fat 
By Creffid*B rule. Rather think diis not CrefiJ^ 

Ulyf What hath flie done. Prince^ thatcaalnl 

Troi. Nothing at all, unlefs that this was flic. 

Ther. Will he fwagger himfelf out of his own eyes? 

3*m. This Ihe ? no, this is Diomede^s Creffida. 
If beauty have a foul, this is not flxc: 
If fouls guide vows, if vows are fao(ilimooy> 
\i fanftiipojiy be die Gods' delight. 


Troixus and Cressi-da. ^-, 

If there be rule in unity itfdf, '^ ^ 

This is not fte. O madnofe of difcourft f 

a-foW authority » * where reafon can fevojc 

w itaout rc>oJt. This is, and is not CreSHd 
Withm my foul Aeredoth comment a S 

Divides far wider than the sky antfearth - 

As flight ^rofAw's broken woof to enter 
to^ce, 9 inftance, ftrong as Pkto*t g«es» 

"Jtance,© inftance, ftrong as heav'n itfdf i 

The bondsofheaVn are flip»d. diflbJv'd^ lort'd- 

Ajd wiA.anoiher knot fivefanger-ticrf: ^* 

Thcfraftionsof her faith, omof her Jove 

The fragments, fo-aps, the bits, and greafie relibi,-. 

Hark, Gr«*, as moeh as I do Creffid love 
So much by weight hate I her HtLdT* 
^ fleevc IS m«e. that he'll bear in his helm •• 
Were it a cask ooropos'd by Vukan\ skiir ' 
My fwond fhould bi^Ht: n'ot tt^S fpoat 
Which flup-men do the hurricane cal^ ^ * 

** "^L y^"* ""fi" cam revolt 

^[^ t*ri,ti»n, and kfi ajumt mU reaf.M 

Aooght, That UbeMm'Lrcn^uT^^ "^P"®"" o*" « ^"""t 
H»e v^ W fenfe a^ ttt , „ ^^ '"^ *>* »'• '«•'' "<■«* '•» 


474 TioiLus and Crbssida. 

Conftring^d in mafs by the almighty Sun, 
Shall dizzy with more clamour Ntptu9U^% ear 
In his delcent^ than fhall my prompted fword 
Falling on IXamede, 

Tber. He*ll tickle it for his concupy. 

rrci. O CreJjU ! O bik CreJ/id! falfc, bife, £Ufe t 
Let all untruths (land by thy ftaioed name. 
And they'll feem glorious. 

Ufyf. 0» contain yourfelf ; 

Your paflk>n draws ears hithen 


Enter ^neas. 

jEne. 1 have been feeking you this hour» my loid^ 
Heffor^ by this» is arming him in Trey. 
Ajax^ your guard, ftays to conduct you home. 

Troi. Have with you. Prince ; my courteous lord, 
. adieu. 
Farewel, revolted fair : and, Diomede^ 
Stand faft, and wear a caftle on thy head! 

Ufyf. I'll bring you to the gates. 

^r(d. Accept diflraded thanks. 

{Exeunt Troilus, i£neas» and Ulyfles.' 

^Tber. 'Would, I could meet that rogue Diomtde^ I 
would croak like a raven: I would bode, I wwld 
bode. Patraclus will give me any thing for the iocel* 
ligence of this whore : the parrot will do no matt for 
an almond, than he for a commodious drab ; letdscry, 
lecchery, ftill wars and lecchery, nothing elfe lK>lds fak 
fiiion. A burning devil take them ! ££mk^. 



T&oiLCs and Caessiba. 475 


Ofanges to the Palace of T toy. 


c Enter He&or and AndromsLshc. 

jtnd. 1X7 HEN was my lord fo much ungcntly* 

W tcmper*d. 
To ftop his ears againft admonifhment ? 
Unarm, unarm, and do not fight to day. 

HeS. You train me to offend you j get you gonea 
By all the everlafting Gods, FU go. 

And. My dreams will, fare, prove ominous to day« 

HcEl* No more, I fay. 

Enier Cafiandra. 

Caf. Where is my brother HeSor? 

Jtnd. Here, fifter, armM, and bloody in intent : 
Gonibrt with me in loud and dear petition ; 
Purfiie we him on knees ^ for I have dreamt 
Of bloody turbulence ; and this whole night 
Hath nothing been but fhapes and forms of flaughter* 

Caf. O, 'tis true. 

HeU. Ho ! bid my trumpet (bund. 

Caf. No notes of fally, for the hcav'ns, fweet brother. 

HiS. Be gone, I lay : the Gods have heard me fwear. 

Cdf ** The Gods are deaf to hot. and pecvifh 
** vows; 
** They are polluted offerings, more abhorr'd 
*• Than fpotted livers in the facrifice. 

And. O ! be perfwaded, do not count it holy 
To hurt by being juft ; it were as lawful 
For us to count we give what's gain'd by thefts. 
And rob in the behalf of charity. 

Caf. It is the purpofe that makes flrong the vow % 
But vows to every purpofe muft not hold : 
Unarm, {vfztiHeffor. 


476 Troilus and Crbssioa. 

He£l. Hold you ftill, I fay 5 
Mine honour keeps the weather of my fate; 
Life every man holds dear, but the brave oian 
Holds honour far more precious-dear than life. 

Enter Troilus. 

How now, young man ; mean'ft thou tt> fight to day? 

And. Cajfandra^ call my father to perfwade. 

lEmt Callandra. 
He^. No, faith, young froilmi doff thy harnefi, 

youth : 
1 am to day i* th' vein of chivalry : 
Let grow chy finews till their knots be llrong. 
And tempt not yet the bru(hes of the war. 
Unarm thee, go ; and doubt thou not, brave boy, 
1*11 fland, to day, for thee, and me, and Troy. 

Tr^i. Brother, yoo have a vice of mercy in foa ; 
Which better fits a lion, than a man. 

He£l. What vice is that i good frmlus^ cfakle me 
for it. 

Trou ^ When many times the czvvSGr^ciam b^ 
Ev'n in the fan and wind of your fair fword. 
You bid them rife, and live. 

Hell, O, 'tis^. 

STm. Fools play, by Heaven, He3^. 

He£i. How now ? how now ? 

Trou For love of all the Gods, 
Let's leave the hermit Pity with our mothers ; 
And when we have our. armour buckled on^ * 

The vcnom'd vengeance ride upon our fwordv. 
Spur them to rueful work,, rein them from' ruth. 

6 When nauftimnthe caftive Grecians faH^^ Thii fad- 
ing fuppores HM39r infuking over hi§ taftintct^ wliich is ao^ 
^roiluS ni^^Ding ; who is here fpeaking; of Ht&orh udmni ill lli# 
field. Without doubt 5.^tf if r^/flr wrote, .. 

' When many times the caitiff Grecianaytf/^ ,j 

f. /. daftardly Grecians V ^ c^axz&tt naruraf for the fpeaker to 
give then), and iuHificd by his account of ihem.. 



^TrOILUS tf«i!/ CRiSSlDil. 477 

HeS. Fie, favagc^ fie! 

Trot. HeSoTj thus 'tis in wars. 

HeU. TmhiS^ I would not have you fight to day. 

frmUu. Who fhould with-hoid me ? 
Not fate, obedience, nor the hand of Mars 
Beckoning with fiery truncheon my redre ; 
Not Priamus and Hesuba on knees. 
Their eyes o'er-galled ^ with recourfe of tears; 
Nor you, my brother, with your true fword drawn 
Opposed to hinder me, ihould ftop my way. 
But by my ruin. 


Enter Priam and Cafi^ndra. 

Co/I Lay hold upon him^ Priamy hold him faft : 
He is thy crutch ; now if thou lofe thy Stay, 
Thou on him leaning, and all Trey on thee. 
Fall all together, 

Priam. HtStor^ come, go back: 
Thy wife hath dreamt^ thy mother hath had vifions \ 
Ca^andra doth forefee ; and I myfelf 
Am, like a prophet, fuddenly enrapc 
To tell thee, that this day is ominous : 
Therefore come back. 

HeS. Mneas is a-field. 
And I do ftand CDgag'd to many Greeks^ 
£v'n in the faith of valour, to appear 
This morning to them. 

Priam. But thou fhalt not go. 

HiS. I muft not break my faith : 
You know me dudful, therefore, dear Sir, 
Let me not fhame refpeft ; but give me leave 
To take that courfe by your confent and voice, 
Whkh you do here forbid me. Royal Prim* 

'With recoorfe tf uars \\ i\ g, tean that cootimie tm 

courlc one another down the face. 


47S Tr©ilus and Crsssidh^ 

Caf. O, Priam J yield not to him. 

And. Do not, dear father. 

ffy^. Aniromacbe^ i asi c^imkd wich jdoJ 
Upon the love yoa bear me, get you ift. [ExH And; 

7ra/. TbisfooMft, dminnng, foperftitious^I 
Makes all diefe bodetnents. 

Caf. O farcwel, dear Htlhr : 
L.ook, how thou dieft ; look, how thy eyfes torn fife! 
Look, how thy wounds do bleed at nfany vents ! 
Hark, how ^roy roars % how HeciAa cries t>ut ; 
How poor Andromache ihrills her dolonr forth ! 
Behold, diftraftion^ frenzy and amazement^ 
Like witlcis anticks, one another meet. 
And d\l cry, HeUor^ Heifor^s dcsidl O Heffarf 

iroi. Away! -Away!— — 

Caf. Farewel : yet, foft : HeSiarj I take my leave } 
Thou do'ft thyfclf and all our troy deceive. X^'^* 

HeSt. You are amaz'd, my licgc, at her exdaim i 
Go in and cheer the town, we?ll forth a^id lidft; 
Do deeds worth praife, and tell youthem at nicjjt. 

Priam. Farewel: the Gods with faf ^ Hand^ooC 
thee! X/ihnik 

Troi. They're at it, harfc : proud 2>rW^ bel«p^ 
I come to lofe my arm, or win my fleevc. 


s. c E N E vm; \ 


Enter Pandaros. ' 

Pan. Do you hear, my lord, do fou hg^ ? 

Troi. What now? 

Pan. Here^s a letter come from yond poorgik]* . 

Troi. Let nae read. 

Pan.^ A whorfon otifick, a wborfon nafeallf pdfiii: 
fo troubles me ; and the foolifli fortune of Ma^gffi^ aad 
what one thin^ and what another^ tliat I fliail Jewe 
you one o* theie days ^ and I have a rheum in mine eyes 
loo^aod fiich an acb b tny bones thatunfefs a man weit 


Troilus and Crbssida. 479 

curfty I cannot tdl what «> think on't. What fays 
flic, there? 
^roi. Words, words, meer words; no matter from 
the heart: 
Th* efic£k doth operate another way, [Tearing the letUr. 
Go, wind to wind ; there turn and change together : ^ 
My love with woids and errors ftill fhe feeds i 
But edifies another with her deeds. 
' Pan. Why, but hear you— — 

^roi. Hence, brothel-lacquey ! ignominy and ihacM 
l^urfue thy life, and live ay with thy name ! [ExeurU^ 

Changes to the Field between Troy and the Camp. • 

iJlarum.} Enter Therfitcs. 

y3&^r.1^ O W they are clapper^awing one another, 
JLN rilgolookon: thatdii&mblingabomina^^ 
bfe varlet, Diomcde^ has got that fame feurvy, doatiJigy 
fooIiHi young knave's (leeve of Trey^ there, in his hebn : 
I would fein lee them meet; that^ that lame young 
i^cjan als, that loves the whore there, might fend 
that Gr0e/i:^whore-mafter villain, with tl^ fleeve, back 
to the diBemblingkiKurious drab, of afleevelels Evrwu 
CXth* other fide, the policy of thofe crafty (a) fneering 
raibals^ that fiale old moufe-eaten dry cheele Ne^or^ 
ahd that fame dog-fox Ufyjfcs^ is not prov'd worth a 
black-berry.— ^Thcy fct me up in policy that mun^ril 
cur j/jaxj againft that dog of as bad a kindj JcbilUs. 
And noiiir is tlfe cur Jjax prouder than the cur jicbilUsy 
and will not arm to day: whereupon the Grecians 
b^n to proclaim barbarifm, and policy grows into 
an ill opinion. 

I £ (a) fneering. Mr. Theobald Vulg. /wuiring.'l 


4^0 TROiLUs^iMlf/ Caesuo'4^ 

EnSer Diomede and Troilus. 

Soft — here comes flccve, and f otjier. 

9><7/. Fly not ; for Ihould'ft thou take the river S/j^t^ 
I would fwim after. 

Dio. Thou doft mifcall Retire : 
I do not fly ^ but advantageous care 
Withdrew me from the odds of multitude & 
Have at thee / [ney go ^, J!ghl^. 

Tber. Hold thy whore» Grecian ; now for c^ wfaons^ 
Trojan : now the fleeve, now theifl^ve» now che fleemJ 


Enter Heftor; 

* Heff. What art thou, Greet! art thou for HeSar^t 

Art thou of blood and honour ? 

Tber. No, no : I am a rafcal ; a Ibcftvy t2S&^ 
knave \ a very filthy rogue. ' 

HeU. I do believe thee— live. ^ [E». 

3l&fr» God o* mercy, that thoa wilt bcHcve jjai\ 
but a plague break thy neck for frightii% me!ll?ten 
become of the wenching rogues ? 1 tbinkr, tfaeylMl 
fw»UQFcdox)e another. 1 would laughii; tbdt mii^cb-* 
yet) u»A fort^ letchery ei^s it felf : I^ wk tbcnu (Alb 

Enter Diortiide and Sm^imt^ ' "■ ••*" 

» jK ^ 

Dio. Go, go, my fervant, take thott THi&i' faerfe^ 
Prefcnt'thcfairSteedtomy l^y C;^f ^^^' \ 
Fellow, commend my fervice to herbimi^;^^^^'"! 
Tell her, t have xbaftjs'd the amoroos'l^^a^"^. '. 
^nd am her knight by proof. •* 

5^r..Igo^ my lord. ,\ 

1 » . * 

Tuottt/s and Crb$«ida« 49c. 



^er Agaunenuioo. 

Jl^a. Reoew^ renew : the fierce PdfydanM 
Hach beat down Menen : I baftard Margarekf^ 
Hath Doreus prifoner. 
And ftands Cchffk$-wk^ waving his beam 
tJpon the paflifld coar&s of the King% 
E0ropuimiOdhis. Ptf$wMW is flain i 

jflR^^tMMbKito an^ 

Ptf/r^iStfi ta'en or flain, wnA Palamedes } 

Sore hurt and bruised; ' the dreadful Sagittary 

Apptls our numbers : hafte we« Diamede^ 

To itinforoeoaenc^ or we periih all* 

Enter Neftor. 

N^. Go bear PMrodus* body to AciilUs^ 
And bid the fisail-pacM jigax arm for fhame» 
Theie are a thou&nd He^ors in the field: 
Now, here he fights ' on Ctfi^i&if his horle. 
And there lacks work i anon, he's there a-foot^ 
And there thqr &7 or dye, like fcaled £hoals 
£ef(Mr the bckhing whale : then is he yondcr» 


f^^Frimmp iimM^« nunc of MarganUm, uODeottki€W* 
candbnca ttJkm from the ftory*boek of n§ thru DsfiruOions •/ 

9 . riviA^w^fWSMittaiy 

J^l j/j jT Mwf frr t j ** Beyonde tbe Rof alma of AoM'* 
«< fenne oune an aancjrcat Kynge* wyfe and dyfcneettf^ named 
«< EHfif9fhut and brougbc a M. Knyghtet, and a flMnraylleafe 
<' Bdw tliat was called Saoitt aey b, chat behyndc tkmyddea 
«« watan liorfe» and to fore, a Man : This Bete was he^ Ijkcr 
«' anhoHCk aad kadUs Bycn rede aa a Cole, and Atom wall wick 
<« a bowc t TJkis BtJU mtUk tkt GidEca Jkn mfirie^ mnifirM 
<< 9Mm tf tb9m wti hi$ Mmu*:* Tiff thru Dejtrmaims ^Txtff^ 
pmtcd by CMxt9n. Mr. ThiBlaUs 

^1 tm GOuhfi hif hrfif] From tkc fiunc took U takca tli^ 

M glfcn to JEbi7«r'$ licri^ Mr. OHhld^ 

Vol. Vlt 1 i And 

4j^ TROILUSi aft4 QB^B^Silt^Jil 

And there the ftrawy * Gre^s^ ripe for his cdgp. 
Fall down before him, lik^ the Qiovtcr^s Cwath i * 
Here, there, and ev*ry where, he leaves and takes 5 
Dexterity fo obeying ippctlStc^ 
That what he wiU^ be dbcki and does ib amcfa, 
Thar proof is caird impoflibilicy. 

Enter, Ulyflfes. * 

Ufyf. Oh, courage, courage, Pcinccs^ ff^^Aciilks, 
Is arming, weeping, curiingt yowi^Tei)gpm« 2 
Patroclus* wounds^d hiadrow£eDlooQ» 
Together with his mangled Myrmdfins^ 
That no(#l€i6,l)^lefS| hackt arN| thJ|Ni»^CQmq! tahiia» 
Crying on HeStor^ 4^a^. has loft a firieod^> 
And foams at mouth ; and he is arni'd^ aadai i^ 
Roaring for Troilus^ who hath done to day 
Mad and fentaftick execution,; 
Engaging and redeeming of himfclf. 
With foch a carelefs force; an*d forcetefs lare,* 
As if that luck in very fpite of cunnjng 
Bad him win all . 

S C E N E 

Enter Ajax. 

^Jax. Troilus^ thou coward Troilus! [Exit. 

Dio. Ay, there, there. 

iVls/?* S^, fo, we draw together, ' lE:te$mt. 

. Enter. Ax:h»lles,» 
y/ebil. Wheri^ is thjs HeSar? 
Come, come, thou boy^killer, ihew ipe thjf face^^. 
Know, what it is to meet, AcbilUs ai^ry« 
HeStor^ whereas HeSlor ? I will npflc but HiS^, {Exit* 

2 — Greeks, ripe far hh i^e. 

Fait daniJM htfon bim^ lih tbe tt^ver*i Jkoaii j ftjp,} Tho* 
(kis old Hory-bool: was our poet's guide in the fable^ yec nstore 
]i^ him up to the fublime images of Homer, whom want of learning; 
kept him from* acquaintance with. 


J^M. fro)lus^ iHbu coward Troilia^ ihew thy heiid ! 

tLe-enter iDioniiedc. 

Dio. frdiiusy I fey^. whcit's Troilus ? 
jtjaic. What wouldft tbou ? 
Dio. I would correct him. 
jfjax. Were I the General, thou (houldft have my 
Etc that corroftion : Troibis^ I fay^ what ! Jm&i ? 

'Enter Troilas. 

3xoi» Ohi traitor Dumedc ! turn thy falfe face, thou 
And {Ay thy Itfe, thoii owefl: me for my horfe. 
D/(7. Ha, arc diou there ? 
jl^ax. ril fight with him alone : ftand, Djfiimde^ 
Dio. He is my prize, I will not look u()on, 
Tm. Come txub, y^ cog^ng Greeks^ have at 
you both. [Exiunt^ fgbtir^.. 

Enter HeAor. 

HeU. Yea, TroiJus f O well fought ! my youngeft 

Enter Achilles. 

AcbiL Now do I fee thee \ have at thee, JJeEtor. 

* HeQ. Paufe, if thoa wiU. {Fight. 

AcbiL I do difdain thy courtefie, proiid '^r^a;i. 
Be happy that my arms ark out of u(e. 
My Reft and N^Iigende befriend thee now^ 
But thou anon (halt hear of me agahi : 
Till when, go feek thy fortune; 

. HtQ. Fare thee iftW \ 
I would have been much ^^^ ^ frciher man. 
Had I expedbed thee. How now, my brocber I 


I i z Entei 


trot. J^ax Imh tA'tn jSiuasi finXiW\kf * -" 
N<s by the flame of yonder glorioas bea^n. 
He (hall f)OC Garry him : 1*11 be taken too. 
Or bring litm off: Fate, hear me what I fiy ; 
I reck not, though thou end my life to day. [£x£r. 

^n/er One i» armour^ 

Heff. Stand, ftand, thoQ Greek^ thou art a goodly 
No ? wile thou not ? I like thy armour well, 
I'll frufh it, and unlock the rivet; all, - 
But ril be matter of it ; wilt thou not, beaft, abide ? 
Why Then, fly on, PJl hunt thee for thy 1i^ TBxit^ 

Enifr Achilles xvisi Myrnaidgp^ 

jtM. X2ome here about noe, you my Mjimida 9U^ 
Mark what I fay, attend me where I wheie^ § 
Strike not a ftroke, but keep your idves in broaUia 
And when I have the bloody IleSfor founds , r ; 

Empale him with your weapons round about: 
In fellcrt manner execute your arms. 
FoUow me. Sirs, and my Proceeding eye ; 
|t IS decreed — Iif3or the |;reat rnqft die. £JEMiM> 



Entir Therfitcs, Menclaus and Parb, 

72tfr. The cuckold, md the wckold««aker am. 
Ht it: now bull, now dc(gs ^loo^ Paris^ Hm\ Jiiom 
my double-hen'd (parraw ^ *Joo, Paris^ 'Jo^i the bdl' 
hastbeg^me: 'ware horna, ho. 

[ExeuMi Paris and Meoahitt^ 

Enter Bi^arJ. 

' Jicfi. Turn, flave, and fight. 
fber. What art thou ? . * 

Bifi. A baftard foD of 7/idMk^8; 

ncr. L SM^^^iiaaftanl tcx)| I Jbv^ fattftavdiw lam a 
baftard begpt* baftard iaftni^ed» baftaid ia niind«' 
baftard in vakxur^ in every thing ill^itiawc : one) 
Bear will not bice another, and wherefore ibould one. 
baftard? take heed, the quarrel's moft oinioous tt> 
us: If the ion of a whore fight for a whore, he 
ceoipts judgment ; farewell baftard. 

B^. The devil take thee, coward. [Extma. 

S C E N E XIV. . . 

Enter Hedor. 

HiS. Mod; putrified core, fb fi^ir without !^«*^^ 
Thy goodly armour thus hath coft thy life. 
Now is my^ day's work done ; PU take niiy breath : 
Reft^ fvocd, thou haft thy fill of blood anadeactfa* 

Enier Achilles and bis Myrmid^n^. ' 

AM. Ldok, HeStor^ how the Sun begins to let; 
How ugly Night comes breathing at his heels : 
Ev'n with the veil and darkning of the Sun, 
To clofe the day up» iiettot^% life is done. 

[pfeyfatt upon Hedor, anJ htt him, 

Hc{l, I am unarm'd, foreco this vantage, Greek. 

jtcbiJ. ^ Sxrike, fellows, ftrike, this is the man I 
So, iZ/'^v, fall thou next. Now, Tr^, fink down: 
Here lies thy heart, thy finews and thy bone^ 
On, Mfffnid$ns^ and cry yOCi all amairt, 
jhbSUs bath the mighty HeBtrt^ flain. 
pfark, a retreat upon our Greeian part. 

Myr. Th&Trajan trumpets found the like, my lord. - 

JcbU. The dragon wing of night o'erfpreads the 

3 Siriki, filiow, firiki, ] This ptrticular ©f AchilUs 

oyer powcr>>>g Htdor by numbcn^ u taken ff om clie old ftoiy* 
^\i,. Oxford £ditt¥. 


4.8^ Troiius J^/K/CR&fiii^A, 

And, ftidder-like, dte ifttties iepanto; 
My half-fiiptAvord^ tikat frankly woiild h&VeiUi 
PleasM with chb dairity bit^ dius goa to bed; 
Come, tye hts body Co my horfe's tail : 
Along tm field 1 will die Tro/M trail. [£^Mtf. 

[SouHd refiteai. ^Mt. 

Enter Agamemnon, Ajax, Menelaus, Neftor, Diomed^ 

md the reft marching. 

* jtga. Hark, hark, what fbout is that ? 

Neft. PeacCf drums. 

Sol. Achilles! Acbilks! Heaor't dsLinl jtcbUks! 

Dio. The bruit is, HeSar^s flain, and by Ad^ku 
' yffox. If it is ib, yet bragMs let it be : 

Great HeUor was as good a man as he« ? 

Aga. March haftily along; krone be rioBie 
To pray JchilUs fise us at our Tenc. 
If in his death the Gods have us faefritndcd. 
Great Troy is ours, and our (harp wars are ended. 



Enter iEneas, Paris, Antenor tmd Deiphobus. 

Mne. Stand, ho! yet are we maftei^s of thefidds 
Never go home, here ftarve we out the nig^t. 

Enkr Troiius. 

TroL HeRor is flairt. 

All. He£l&rl .die Gods, forbid ! 

TroL He*sdeady andat the murthlsreKshorfeVtaifl 
In beaftiy fort dragged through the (b&mefilt field. 
^ Fro«vn on, you heav'ns, efFed): your rage with ^eed -, 


Sit, Cbdiy sf»ny0vr^hraM€j, atut suih* a* Troy,] Here 
Troiius is made to invoke the Gods to frvwn vn one line* asct to 
finih in the orhcr : And, » if ke had not talked nonienleenoQgh. 
afccr having suuie them doand ando> asKl protraA the fiue of 7r#)^ 


XifeQIi-u* j?«gfi;^»»A4 4^7: 

Sit, Gpds^ upoi^jour TIwij» ^ v 

I fay, at oiv?q. Let your brieC plagues be^morcy* 
And linger mt aa^ fuce deftmSions on, t 
. Mnei^ My lord» you do diicomfort all the Hoft« 
TffiL Youunderftaod ms w^ thactdl m$,1bc 
1 4o qoc fpeak of flighty of fear, of death. 
But dare sul imminence, that Gods and noea 
Addr^ their dangers in. HeSor is gone! 
Who fhall tell Priam fo? or Hecuba r 
Let him, that mill a fcrietcb^owl ay be caird^ 
Go into Jrejy, and fay there, HeSor's dead : 
That isa WordmiUrPmioxurnu) ftone; 
^ Make welling Niai^s of the maids and; nvf vts j 
Cold ftatues of the youth ; and, in a word. 
Scare Trty out of it: felf. But march away^ 
He^fir^ i$ dead : there ia no more fo fay. 
Stay yet, you vile abominable Tents, 
Thus proudly pightupop our PbifygiM {Jains : 
Let T/Anrrifeas early as he dace^ 
ru through and through you. And thou, great-fiz'd» 

No fpace of earth (hall funder our two hates \ 
I'll hannt^thce, lilge a wicked cpnicienQ^ ftiil^ 
That mouldeth Gobliqs fwift as Frenzy's thoughts. 
Strike a free March to Trey I with comfort go : 
Hope of re.Tenge fhail hide our inward woe. 

Enter, IhiXkimjtk. 
Pan. But bear you, hear you ? 

in cbe next line bebeg^tbem to be fpoHly zoAirigf, aiuldUt«tc||^ 
tlwi^ at ^oce. We ihoold read ontt point the paflags tkiUy 
Si/, Godfp ufonyour 7hrants^ and SMiTB ii/ Troy, 
Ifajf at once. Let your brief plagues Be mercy, 
^ Maie vrthj^s and Hiohcs of tie maidt and tvives i} We 
lliottld certainl/ read, welling Niobes, i. e. Nioits <welling^ or 
ftreamiog doim wick tears. To 'toeU, aa old word to babble or 
fpring out. The image of Niobe was here properly employed. So 
in Hamlet, 

■ n - ■ " '//ig Niobe aJJ Uart. 
Bat the Orford Sdim- aUars ic to luelb emdri'pen. 




488 Troilus a»d CKEisioiu 

Tm. Hence, brothel-hoiocy | ignominy, Ihame 

{^Strikes Um. 
Purfijc thy life, and lire ay with thy name ! 

Pan. A goodly med'cine for my aking bones I Ob 
world !. world! world ! thus is the poor agent deipisM : 
Oh, traitdfs and bawds, how earneftly are you let mc 
wo^k^ and how ill requited ? why flioald our endea- 
vour be lb lov'd> and the performance fo loathM.^ 
what verfe for it ? what inftance for it ?*"— — -^let ik 

Full merrily the humble-bee doth fing, 
. *Ti]l he hath loft his honey and his fting i 
But being once fubdu*d in armed tail. 
Sweet honey and (weet notes t<^ether fail. 
Good traders in the fkfh, fet this m- youf pmtcd 

cloths—— . 
As many as be here of Pandoras Hall, 
Your eyes, half out, weep out at Pandoras Fall; 
Or if you cannot weep, yet give ibme groans. 
Though not for me, yet for your aking bones^ 
Brethren and* lifters of the hold-door trade. 
Some two months hence my will fliall here be madei 
It fhould be now ; but that my fear is this, 
^ Some galled goofe of Winche^er^ wouU hifif 
*TiIl tben^ YR. fweat, and feek about for eafes } 
And at that time bequeath you my difeales. [Exiii 

6 Zmt gaiki roo/t of^ Winchefter-*--] The pablick fiews 
Wire anciendx ttBoer the jorifdidioa of the bilhop of Wimth^. 

Mr. fif$. 

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